Halftime: House of horrors on Halloween night

On this night, it seemed like fate was playing a trick on the Cougars – and the result was anything but a treat. Washington State was unable to get much of anything going in a first half where everything seemingly went right for Arizona State, and they trailed 42-14 going into halftime – a score that seemed less lopsided than it actually was.

Chief among the Cougars' problems was that the wide receivers weren't catching much more than air.

In the Cougs' first seven first-half drives, they had six three-and-outs, giving the Sun Devils optimal field position each time.

With lackluster support from the offensive line at times, junior Connor Halliday struggled to get rid of the ball. But Halliday was the least of the problems early. Junior Kristoff Williams dropped the ball on what would have been a first down. And there were several other drops. Gabe Marks fumbled when a defender barely breathed on him from behind. ASU promptly took the giveaway into another score.

And that was just the offense. Defensively, the Cougars missed enough tackles in the first half to scare the hell out of the Wicked Witch of the West herself.

The offense gave the defense a short field which ASU promptly turned in 21 points. But even when ASU started deeper in their own territory, they ripped off huge chunks of yardage via the run and pass on their way to the end zone.

Washington State did not score until the second quarter, as sophomore Marks took a slant from Halliday and juked multiple defenders en route to the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown run.

With under a minute left in the half, senior Vince Mayle caught a 31-yard pass from Halliday, giving the Cougars possession at the ASU 15. Junior Rickey Galvin then caught a 15-yard touchdown pass to make the score 42-14.

Arizona State scored 21 unanswered points to open the game and the Cougars struggled to cover and tackle.


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