TURNING POINT: Easy come, easy go for Cougs

AFTER BACK-TO-BACK WEEKS where the momentum suddenly shifted away from the Cougars, they not only found their rhythm, but they did it quickly. It took just one quarter to become apparent that the pendulum would swing into crimson territory for the first time this season, as Connor Halliday led an offensive assault on Portland State culminating in a 59-21 win at Martin Stadium.

Washington State gracefully blended its running and passing games to score first on a 1-yard touchdown run by freshman Gerard Wicks in the waning moments of the first quarter.

Kieran McDonagh put Portland State in position to respond by methodically moving the ball down the field and then connecting with Kasey Closs on third-and-21 for a 30-yard completion that put them at the Cougars’ 10-yard line.

But on the ensuing play, safety Taylor Taliulu forced a fumble on Shaq Richard – who racked up 151 rushing yards last week against Oregon State -- and defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao recovered it at the Cougars’ 7.

Enter Halliday, who immediately lobbed a 67-yard pass to Isiah Myers at the Portland State 26, and five plays later, connected with River Cracraft for a 15-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 14-0 lead with 12:10 left in the second quarter.

The Cougars never looked back, scoring another pair of touchdowns before halftime.

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