PULLMAN – Connor Halliday's 85-yard touchdown pass to a streaking Marquess Wilson, delivered on the first snap Halliday had taken in nine weeks, had a storybook quality that will be remembered for years to come by Washington State fans. B.J. Guerra will just have to take our word for it.

"I didn't even know he (Connor Halliday) was in, to be honest with you," B.J. Guerra said.

Such is life on a football team like Washington State that operates a no-huddle offense. Guerra, WSU's fine offensive guard, said he had returned to the sideline after running down the field to celebrate the score before he learned that Halliday had replaced starter Marshall Lobbestael for the third offensive series in last Saturday's win over Arizona State.

"I just focus on listening to the snap count and doing my job," Guerra said.

HALLIDAY WAS DAZZLING against Arizona State in his first extensive playing time in college, but the redshirt freshman from Spokane says he has plenty left to learn about the college game.

"When I walked on this campus, I could make all the throws, but telling you what a defense was doing was maybe 50-50," Halliday said.

"Now, having a year under (offensive coordinator Todd) Sturdy and watching a lot of film this year, I have a lot better idea what defenses are going to try to do to me..I've still got a long way to go in that aspect, but I at least have an idea what's going to happen."

Halliday said Washington State's receivers and offensive linemen "did a heck of a job" in the ASU game, when Halliday passed for 494 yards and four touchdowns. Guerra said players "were never doubtful in his (Halliday's) ability to play well," but Guerra said there's room for improvement.

"There were a few times he rolled out the wrong way … he's young, he's going to make those types of mistakes," Guerra said.

Of course, the Cougars can accept a few mistakes from Halliday if he's going to throw for nearly 500 yards. Guerra said Halliday "played amazingly," and the senior guard had to laugh when he recalled a conversation Halliday had with Sturdy during the game.

"He apologized to Coach Sturdy because he had no idea what blitzes they were bringing," Guerra said, "So he apologized: ‘Coach, I have no idea what they're doing.'"

THE COUGARS SALUTE 14 seniors on Senior Day at Saturday's final home game, a 2 p.m. contest with Utah that will be televised on Fox College Sports Atlantic.

As usual, classes will not be held during Thanksgiving week, and many students will head home before the game is played.

"Hopefully, we have somewhat of a crowd," Halliday said.

Jim Sharkey, Halliday's coach at Ferris High, is doing what he can to help at the turnstiles.

"He bought 50 tickets," Halliday said. "He's going to bring the whole team down to the game."

The Cougars rank a distant last in attendance in the Pac-12 with an average of 31,265, counting 49,219 for the home game with Oregon State at Seattle's CenturyLink Field. WSU is averaging 26,777 at Martin Stadium, an improvement from 24,532 last year.

Continued improvement by the Cougars, combined with the planned addition of suites and other premium seats next season, should help attendance rebound even more. Formal approval of the new seats is expected Friday at the WSU Board of Regents meetings.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN RARELY earn much public acclaim, so self-motivated, proud individuals tend to fare best on the O-line.

In other words, people like David Gonzales, WSU's senior left tackle.

"He is just a wonderful human," offensive line coach Steve Morton. "He's very direct. It is what he is. He's not a jokester. He's not going to sit there and give you pretty prose or anything like that. You ask him a question, you're going to get a black-and-white answer."

Former WSU walk-on wide receiver Austin Ehlo, the son of ex-Cougars basketball star Craig Ehlo, was named to the All-Northwest Conference football teams as a punter and receiver. A redshirt freshman at Whitworth in Spokane, Ehlo made the first team as a punter and the second team as a receiver. He led the NCAA Division III conference with 39.9 yards per punt, and he caught 32 passes for 435 yards and nine touchdowns (second in the league).

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