And therein sits two of our five keys to a Cougar victory this evening ...
WHEN WSU HAS THE BALL
1. Protect Halliday.
Halliday is a yardage factory, but only when he has time to throw. Utah ranks second in the nation in sacks per game.
2. Avoid turnovers.
WSU has lost the turnover battle in every game that mattered this season, and over half of WSU's points surrendered have come off turnovers. Jamal Morrow must be much more careful with the football and Halliday needs to continue the sound decision making he has shown the last two weeks.
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AT A GLANCE
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3. Bottle up the ground game.
Utah runs a spread-option offense similar to Oregon's, so the running game accounts for two-thirds of the plays.
4. Don't get beat deep.
Dres Anderson is a much more serious deep threat than any of the receivers WSU faced against Oregon. They must show more situational awareness and not get beat over the top.
WHEN WSU IS ON SPECIAL TEAMS
5. Avoid catastrophe.
When WSU looks back on why they missed a bowl game in 2014, fumbled punts and missed 30-yard field goals will deserve much of the blame. A major special teams blunder seems commonplace for the Cougs each week. They must take care of the ball, and theyy must also contain Utah's scary good return man Kaelin Clay.
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