HALFTIME: WSU cannot get out of its own way

ONE EXPLOSIVE. Three failed fourth-down conversions and a fumble. It all added up to a 14-0 deficit for Washington State at halftime against Washington at Martin Stadium.

The Huskies needed just three plays with their first possession to score when Dwayne Washington found the end zone on a 51-yard run.

There was no response.

On fourth-and-2 at UW’s 20-yard line, redshirt freshman quarterback Luke Falk fired a perfect pass to the left side of the end zone. But junior Dom Williams could not corral the ball.

Drops also ruined the Cougars’ next drive. Senior Vince Mayle caught a 39-yard pass to midfield, but later dropped a pass on third-and-5 at the Huskies’ 32. Falk’s fourth-down pass intended for senior Isiah Myers was broken up by John Ross. It marked WSU’s third failed fourth-down conversion of the first quarter.

The Cougars outgained UW 134-110 during the opening period.

UW appeared poised to extend its lead early in the second quarter when it drove down to WSU’s 22. But quarterback Cyler Miles’ pass was tipped by freshman safety Darius Lemora and intercepted by senior linebacker Cyrus Coen at the Huskies’ 24.

But the Cougars’ offense never could get on track. After Falk whipped a 20-yard pass to Mayle, safety Bubba Baker knocked the ball loose at WSU’s 27. Five plays later, Miles lobbed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kasen Williams, extending the Huskies’ lead to 14-0 with 50 seconds left in the first half.

Falk, who completed 12 of 24 passes for 141 yards during the first half, was then intercepted by John Ross with 35 seconds left in the first half.

The Cougars outgained UW 183-167 in the first half.


COUGAR AND SAINTS GREAT STEVE GLEASON WAS INDUCTED INTO THE WSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS TONIGHT. HE CONCLUDED HIS WSU CAREER IN 1999 AS ONE OF THE MOST PROLIFIC TACKLERS IN SCHOOL HISTORY. AS A SOPHOMORE IN 1997 HE HELPED LEAD THE COUGARS TO THEIR FIRST ROSE BOWL BERTH IN 67 YEARS.


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