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.
After a lengthy absence from facing one another, the Vandals and Cougars will reacquaint themselves on Saturday night.
Connor Halliday threw for 383 yards and five touchdowns as Washington State beat Southern Utah 48-10 on Saturday in its home opener.
Andrew Furney kicked a 41-yard field goal with 3:03 to play, and Washington State beat No. 25 USC 10-7 Saturday night for its first victory at the Coliseum in 13 years.
WSU Head Coach Mike Leach failed to give any explanation as to who will be his starting quarterback the day after Thanksgiving when Washington State hosts rival Washington in the Apple Cup, not yet ready to make a decision about whether Jeff Tuel or Connor Halliday will get the nod against the Huskies.