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Arizona State is forcing opponents into an average of 6.7 three-and-out drives per game, ranked fourth nationally.
The Oregon Ducks’ defensive coordinator was not happy with the plays that Washington State’s head coach called throughout the game on Saturday.
WSU’s Connor Halliday completed 58 of 89 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns — but the Cougars still lost, 62-38, to the Ducks on Saturday night.
The Washington State Cougars are at least outwardly undaunted even though they’re more than five-touchdown underdogs to second-ranked Oregon.
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.
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.