TURNING POINT: Cougs can't kick sloppy ways

ON A NIGHT plagued by offensive foibles from the start, Washington State looked to its special teams to put needed points on the board – and get its first win of the season. But it didn’t happen, as a pair of failed field goal attempts by Erik Powell proved costly for the Cougars and they fell 24-13 to the Nevada Wolf Pack in Reno.

The misses, both of which came when the Cougars were trailing 14-10, could have made it a one-point game -- or better yet, turned into a rally similar to last year's field-goal powered win at USC -- but ended up being their undoing.

Powell, who went 1 of 2 in last week’s loss to Rutgers, started out the night with a 25-yard field goal in the second quarter to cut the Cougars’ deficit to 14-10.

Despite Connor Halliday getting the Cougars deep in the Wolf Pack's territory on their first drive of the second half -- including a 32-yard completion to Dom Williams -- Powell was called upon for a 37-yard attempt, but it sailed wide right.

Two series later told the exact same story for the Cougars, who made it into the red zone and then were called for a holding penalty, and had to rely on the kicking unit once more. And again, Powell's attempt, this time 38 yards, was wide right.

When it came to the fourth quarter, the Cougars turned to backup Quentin Breshears, who drilled a 38-yarder, but it was not enough to close the gap.

NOTABLE:

  • Daquawn Brown and Darryl Monroe led the Cougars in tackling with 13 and 10 total stops, respectively.

  • Second-year freshmen DBs Darius Lemora and Charleston White each made his first career start. Lemora finished with eight tackles while White tallied two and a pass breakup.

  • QB Luke Falk made his collegiate debut, entering the game for one play when Halliday was dinged.

  • Connor Halliday's scoring aerial to Vince Mayle was the 64th TD pass of his career, the third-most in school history. Halliday also notched his 16th career 300-yard game. • Vince Mayle caught his second touchdown of the season and ninth of his career • Erik Powell’s 25-yard field goal was his second career field goal. • Robert Lewis (WR) and Calvin Green (WR) each made their first career starts • Lewis tallied his first career reception and finished with seven catches for 77 yards • Quentin Breshears made his first field goal as a Cougar. Breshears kicked at Fresno State in 2012. • Isiah Myers made a career high nine receptions and posted his second career 100-yard game

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