Photos by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services
SoundSlides by Robert Frank, WSU News
PULLMAN, Wash. – The WSU Cougars football team (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12) snapped a five-game skid last week, icing Arizona State 37-27, with a spectacular showing by freshman quarterback Connor Halliday. Now, it hopes to extend its wins to two in a row when it hosts the Utah Utes (6-4, 3-4), Saturday, Nov. 19, at Martin Stadium.
Gametime Saturday is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised by Fox College Sports Atlantic and KJZZ (in Utah). The game can also be heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network.
The all-time WSU vs. Utah series is tied at 5-5 between the two teams. The
Cougars captured the last meeting, a 38-21 victory in Salt Lake City during the 2000 season. The WSU-Utah series began in 1966 with a Utah win 26-15 in Salt Lake City and WSU has gone 5-4 since. No team has won more than two in a row during the series. Prior to 2000 WSU’s previous win over Utah came in the 1992 Copper Bowl, where the Cougars held off the Utes for a 31-28 win.
Halliday earns Pac-12 honors
On Monday, WSU freshman quarterback Connor Halliday was named the Bank of the West Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. Halliday, a redshirt freshman from Spokane, Wash., came off the bench to throw for 494 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars. Halliday entered the game on WSU’s third possession and finished the night 27-of-36 with no interceptions.
His passing total was the second-highest in school history and shattered the previous freshman mark of 385 yards, held by Drew Bledsoe. Halliday’s 494 yards also marked the highest total by a Pac-12 quarterback this season, the 10th-best passing total in conference history and the most yards ever thrown by a freshman in the conference.
In addition to the conference honor, Halliday was also recognized as a College Sports
Performance Awards Performer of the Week and one of eight quarterbacks nominated for the Manning Award Star of the Week.
Halliday is the second Cougar to earn conference player of the week honors this season as senior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis was named the defensive player of the week following WSU’s victory at Colorado.
Below are the stats for Saturday’s WSU vs. ASU game. Click the link on the right to see the pregame notes for the upcoming game against Utah.