Last year, Oregon St. held WSU to 207 yards passing, intercepted four passes and won 19-6. The Beavers forced Halliday to the bench after he went 9-for-20 passing for 81 yards and three picks. Both teams have changed, of course, so it remains to be seen how much can be gathered from last year’s contest.
It was the first win for WSU at Cal since 2002, snapping an 8-game losing streak to the Bears. In 2002, Jason Gesser was at the helm, leading WSU to an eventual Rose Bowl appearance. This time it was Halliday who finished 42-for-67 with 521 yards passing, falling just 10 yards shy of the school record.
If Washington State could protect Connor Halliday, the Cougars were confident he’d have a big day.
The matchup with the Cal Bears reunites WSU head coach Mike Leach with a former assistant in Sonny Dykes, now the head coach at Cal. Dykes was a graduate assistant alongside Leach at Kentucky, followed him to Texas Tech where he ascended to offensive coordinator. It’s safe to say there are commonalities between the two offenses.
In its annual Seattle game, Washington State proved no match for a physical, mature and fundamentally sound Stanford squad ending up on the wrong side of a 55-17 beatdown.
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan picked apart the Cougars, throwing for 286 yards and three touchdowns, and Stanford won its 12th straight with a 55-17 rout of Washington State on Saturday night.
The fifth-ranked Cardinal will put their 11-game winning streak on the line Saturday night at CenturyLink Field in Washington State’s annual game in Seattle.
Through four games, the Cougars (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) are allowing an average of 12 points and about 260 yards per game. They have not allowed a touchdown in the second half.
Connor Halliday threw for 346 yards and four first-half touchdown passes, two to Gabe Marks, and Washington State improved to 3-1 for the first time since 2006 with a dominating 42-0 win over neighboring Idaho Saturday night.
After a lengthy absence from facing one another, the Vandals and Cougars will reacquaint themselves on Saturday night.
Scenes from the October 31, 2013 matchup between the Washington State Cougars and Arizona State Sun Devils
Scenes from the October 19, 2013 matchup between the Washington State Cougars and Oregon Ducks.
Scenes from the October 12, 2013 matchup between the Washington State Cougars and the Oregon State Beavers.
Scenes from the September 28, 2013 matchup between the Washington State Cougars and the Stanford Cardinal.
Scenes from the 9/14/2013 matchup between WSU and Southern Utah
Scenes from the Washington State’s upset at the University of Southern California