HALFTIME: Cougs' defensive woes prove costly

SEATTLE – Despite having one of the nation's top pass defenses, a hapless Washington State squad was unable to stop No. 5 Stanford from scoring on each of its first three possessions in the first half of their game in Seattle, and went into halftime trailing 17-3.

Despite a solid start by junior Connor Halliday, who finished the half with 18 of 27 passes for 143 yards, the Cougars were unable to get much going on the wet field at CenturyLink Field.

Junior wide receiver Devon Cajuste in particular proved troublesome for the Cougars, racking up 115 yards on four catches and two touchdowns, the first a 57-yard touchdown reception on third-and-9 with 2:49 left in the first quarter.

Still, the Cougars had opportunities.

With the Cardinal at the WSU 15 on second-and-9, senior safety Deone Bucannon intercepted Kevin Hogan to give the Cougars an opportunity to score their first touchdown of the half.

However, Andrew Furney missed his first field goal of the season, a 45-yard attempt that started with a bad snap.

The senior kicker did connect on a 36-yarder with 6:03 left in the first quarter.


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