COUGS WIN! How they scored: WSU vs. Utah

WASHINGTON STATE overcame a slew of mistakes to upset Utah 28-27 Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Despite turning it over three times, the Cougars used a significant advantage in total yards (495 to 357) and third-down conversions (10 of 20 to 7 of 20) to overcome an early three-touchdown deficit. Connor Halliday completed 39 of 61 passes for 417 yards with four touchdowns and two INTs.

First Quarter

Utah 7-0 at 10:01 mark: Eric Rowe 11-yard interception return (Phillips kick)

Utah 14-0 at 9:01 mark: Kaelin Clay 58-yard punt return (Phillips kick)

Utah 21-0 at 5:52 mark: Devontae Booker 76-yard run (Phillips kick)

Second Quarter

Utah 21-7 at 6:54 mark: Dom Williams 35-yard pass from Connor Halliday on fourth-and-nine. (Breshears kick)
Key play: On third-and-4 from WSU’s 48, Halliday found River Cracraft for a 16-yard completion.
Drive length: 10 plays, 71 yards; Drive Time: 3:28

Utah 24-7 at 0:05 mark: Andy Phillips 46-yard FG
Key plays: Halliday’s interception gave Utah possession at its own 45. The Utes put themselves into field-goal range when Travis Wilson found Kenneth Scott for a 12-yard completion on third-and-24 to WSU’s 29.
Drive length: 7 plays, 26 yards; Drive Time: 1:23

Third Quarter

Utah 24-14 at 6:00 mark: Vince Mayle 11-yard pass from Halliday
Key plays: Kache Palacio forced — and recovered — a Clay fumble at WSU’s 39. Four of eight plays on the drive produced at least 11 yards.
Drive length: 8 plays, 61 yards; Drive Time: 3:33

Fourth Quarter

Utah 27-14 at 14:13 mark: Phillips 43-yard FG
Key play: A Halliday fumble was recovered by Jason Fanaika at WSU’s 43.
Drive length: 6 plays, 17 yards; Drive Time: 2:26

Utah 27-21 at 8:08 mark: Dom Williams 20-yard pass from Halliday (Breshears kick)
Key play: Leach eschewed a field-goal attempt on fourth-and-14 from Utah’s 20 on the touchdown. Also, Halliday converted a pair of third downs with completions to Cracraft.
Drive length: 12 plays, 75 yards; Drive Time: 6:05

WSU 28-27 at 4:58 mark: Vince Mayle 81-yard pass from Halliday (Breshears kick)
Key play: On Mayle’s touchdown, Robert Lewis delivered a monster de-cleater of a block that spring him free.
Drive length: 4 plays, 92 yards; Drive Time: 1:23

NOTABLE NOTE:
In the comeback win, WSU converted two fourth downs into touchdown passes -- two Halliday passes to Dom Williams in the second and fourth quarters.


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