Sacks, passes numerous in Cougs' spring game

SPOKANE -- Connor Halliday fired 58 passes and Austin Apodaca 45, but it was Jesse Brown, with just six attempts, who left the Albi Stadium crowd smiling Saturday as the Gray beat the Crimson 22-21 in dramatic fashion.

Brown, who walked on two years ago after a star-studded prep career in Oregon, connected late with Gabe Marks on a 21-yard scoring aerial and then hooked up with Theron West on a two-point conversion to seal the deal for the Gray.

His heroics capped an aerial circus. Between them, the three Cougar QBs threw 109 passes, completing 69 and racking up 749 yards. The majority of those numbers were collected in the second half after a sloppy and sluggish first.

Marks led all receivers with 11 catches for 107 yards and two TDs.

On defense, it was a sack fest, as the two sides combined for 11. Adding to the luster is that blitzing was not allowed in the scrimmage. These sacks were earned the old fashioned way -- by bullrushing the man across the line. Kache Palacio and Sherman Hutcherson led the way with two each.

Linebacker Justin Sagote and safety Taylor Taliulu were all over the field, registering 11 total tackles each.

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SCORING:
  • Halliday to Myers, 7 yard pass, Bowlin Kick (Crimson 7, Gray 0)
  • Apodaca, 1 yard rush, Furney Kick (Crimson 7, Gray 7)
  • Halliday to Williams, 80 yard pass, Bowlin Kick (Crimson 14, Gray 7)
  • Halliday to Ratliff, 3 yard pass, Concepcion Kick (Crimson 21, Gray 7)
  • Apodaca to Marks, 6 yard pass, Furney Kick (Crimson 21, Gray 14)
  • Brown to Marks, 21 yard pass, Brown to T. West Good (Gray 22, Crimson 21)

    PASSING
  • Halliday 38-58-406 3TD, 2INT
  • Apodaca 27-45-279 1TD
  • Brown 4-6-64 1TD

    RECEIVING LEADERS
    Gray:
    Marks 11-107 2TD
    D. Williams 6-85
    Bartolone 4-35
    Crimson;
    K. Williams 7-136 1TD
    Myers 8-111 1TD
    Galvin 7-57
    Mason 7-44
    Ratliff 5-30 1TD
    Laufasa 4-28


    MARCUS MASON VS. TAYLOR TALIULU.


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