HALFTIME: Cougs spittin' mad at Rutgers

WASHINGTON STATE CAME out focused and spitting mad at Rutgers, forging a 13-6 lead at the break. But it could have been more. Luke Falk and the offensive line were exceptional -- the Cougar QB had time immemorial in completing 18 of his first 20 tosses. The Cougar D mostly slammed the door shut on Rutgers, wrapping up tackles and employing solid run defense. And what's this - a DB interception?

Corner Marcellus Pippins, apparently starting for Charleston White, picked off a pass that led to an Erik Powell 46-yard field goal to make it 10-0. Powell later drilled a 47-yarder to push the lead to 13-3 at the break. (White was in the game later but it didn't look like he started the game).

The Cougs took it into the end zone on their first drive, marching down the field with Luke Falk ultimately finding Dom Williams in the end zone. Williams and Gabe Marks were Falk's favorite targets on the first drive, one that opened with an eight-yard gainer to River Cracraft.

WSU didn't attempt many runs but Gerard Wicks ripped of a 12-yarder and also had some nice gainers as a receiver.

But a poor decision on the Cougs' second drive to go for it on fourth down at Rutgers' 11-yard line kept it 7-0.

WSU dominated the first 20 minutes both offensively and defensively, in the trenches and elsewhere -- and they probably held the edge for the final 10 minutes of the second quarter as well. But the Cougs also have to feel they left some points off the board.

Rutgers began to find some room on the toss sweep before the Cougs shut things down and forced a Rutgers field goal. The Knights also got another three points at the end of the half, hitting a 48-yarder as time expired.

Stay tuned to Cougfan.com, we'll have much more after the game.

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