Halftime: Coug D stifling, but only 10-0 lead

WASHINGTON STATE apparently is taking its perceived lack of a running game to heart, as that and an impressive defensive performance have been noticeable during the first half Saturday as the Cougars lead Portland State 10-0 at halftime in wet, chilly Martin Stadium.

Though the bulk of WSU's yardage has come through the air, this was the closest to a balanced offense as Mike Leach has had during his four-year Cougar reign. Washington State ran the ball 23 times for 85 yards during the first half. Gerard Wicks led the way, running 12 times for 62 yards.

Cougar quarterback Luke Falk is 15 of 20 for 189 yards and one touchdown. The Cougars have 274 yards total offense. Neither team has a turnover.

The Cougars and their new-look aggressive defense has been effective against Portland State, allowing the Vikings just four first downs and 66 total yards. PSU has thrown only four passes, completing one for four yards.

Washington State led 3-0 after the first quarter on Erik Powell's 21-yard field goal. The Cougars increased their lead to 10-0 midway through the second quarter when Falk connected with Keith Harrington on a 24-yard touchdown play.

The Cougars went into the game as 31-point favorites over Portland State


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