Washington State trails 17-3 at Washington as Cougars' offense struggles to gain traction

WASHINGTON STATE'S RECEIVERS have the acclaim. But it was Washington's wideouts that made the plays during the first half as the Cougars' offense without quarterback Luke Falk sputtered en route to a 17-3 hafltime deficit at Husky Stadium.

Outside of its opening drive, WSU struggled to generate much offensively. The Huskies scored the only 10 points of the second quarter behind a 24-yard field goal by Cameron Van Winkle and a 2-yard touchdown run from Myles Gaskin that was set up by a Destiny Vaeao personal foul.

The Cougars were outgained 236-207 during the first half. Jaydon Mickens had 81 yards on five receptions to lead the Huskies. UW quarterback Jake Browning completed 9 of 11 passes for 153 yards. WSU signal-caller Peyton Bender was 24 of 34 for 192 yards.

A promising start to the first quarter for the Cougars was derailed by a series of errors. WSU caught a break when Jake Browing overthrew a wide open Mickens on third down on what could have been an easy touchdown.

But the breaks ended there.

The Cougars drove into UW territory on each of their next two possessions. But a Keith Harrington fumble, which was forced by Keishawn Bierria, on a reception from Bender was recovered by Azeem Victor at Cougars' 38. The Huskies took advantage of that error four plays later when Chico McClatcher scored on a 26-yard reverse. WSU then followed that with a failed 42-yard field-goal attempt by Erik Powell.

Powell connected on a 41-yard field goal on the Cougars' opening possession. But the drive stalled when senior Dom Williams dropped a pass on third-and-5 at UW's 24.

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