Washington State has lost three straight games by big scores and is in danger of missing out on a bowl game again.
Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday says poor blocking was why his team lost 55-21 to No. 25 Arizona State on Thursday night.
Washington State players said they can’t dwell on an ugly home loss to Oregon State last weekend. Not with No. 2 Oregon on the schedule Saturday.
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.
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.