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.
Sean Mannion threw for 493 yards and four touchdowns for Oregon State (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12), which won its fifth game in a row since a shocking opening loss to FCS Eastern Washington.
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.
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.
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.