What They're Saying: It's the Halliday season

IT WAS AN aerial attack Saturday in Berkeley and WSU quarterback Connor Halliday was the lead pilot. The redshirt junior signal caller had a historic day, throwing for 521 yards in the Cougs' dominating 44-22 victory over the California Golden Bears and the scribes certainly gave credit where it was due following the game.

It was every bit the air show, needing only the "Top Gun" theme music and an F-14 flyover to make it official. -Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com

It's WSU's fourth victory in six games, leaving two to go for bowl eligibility. The Cougars left happy on an 80-degree day at Strawberry Canyon, unwilling even to let those 10 missing yards passing spoil a golden afternoon. -Bud Withers, Seattle Times, on how Halliday's 521 passing yards were 10 shy of Alex Brink's record

Washington State University took the monkey off its back, whipped it around, and flung it into San Francisco Bay. -Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review

Put Jared Goff in his comfort zone, and good things happen for Cal's offense. Fumble twice inside the opponent's 5-yard line and allow several big plays on defense, however, and even a record-breaking game from the freshman quarterback won't result in a win for head coach Sonny Dykes and the Bears. -Hunter Hewitt, San Francisco Gate

The last WSU quarterback to defeat the Bears? Jason Gesser. And what does the most recent one, Connor Halliday, have in common with Gesser? They are both tougher than steel. -Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review

While the Cougars could not contain Harper, who racked up 216 yards and a touchdown on 13 receptions, they created enough stops and dominated the turnover battle to shift the game's momentum. -Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

Washington State had its highest-scoring conference game since beating Oregon 55-16 in 2003. -Associated Press

On this day, Leach pretty much got it. He certainly got it from defensive lineman Toni Pole, who ripped the ball from Brendan Bigelow on the third of three runs from the WSU 1-yard line in the second quarter, forcing one of five Cal turnovers. -Bud Withers, Seattle Times.

Cal fumbled three times and lost all three, and unlike last week, where the Bears had the rainy conditions as an excuse for four fumbles (all lost), the weather was clear and warm in Strawberry Canyon. -Ryan Gorcey, BearTerritory.Net

Defensive tackles Kalafitoni Pole and Ioane Gauta led a defensive charge that saw Cal's Bear Raid offense held to just 20 offensive points, including 14 on a pair of long passes because of breakdowns in the Cougars secondary. -Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review


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