HALF: WSU leads UCLA after sloppy start

PULLMAN - Washington State got it going in the second quarter to double up UCLA in total yardage, 184-100, while Cougar D pitches a shut out in the first two quarters of play.

The game began with a series of bizarre plays nearly defying description.

Mike Leach won the toss and deferred receiving the opening kickoff to the second half.

Virtually the entire first quarter is played on the UCLA side of the field. Both teams turn the ball over once which may or may not be attributed to the sloppy weather conditions. No question the play of both teams was sloppy.

Luke Falk struggled early on to hit his receivers, lacking touch on the ball. Uncharacteristic of his typical pinpoint passing, Falk looked to go deep against man-to-man coverage with no success.

Cougar defense took away the running game of the Bruins through most of the opening fifteen minutes led by aggressive play up front of Hercules Mata'afa and company. Shalom Luani was flying all over the field either making tackles or turning plays inside for his teammates.

At the beginning of the second quarter the weather relented but Washington State didn't. Feeding off the strong play of the defense, the Air Raid worked much more efficiently when Falk worked short routes and began mixing in effective runs resulting in a 92-yard touchdown drive.

Remarkably, virtually the entire first two quarters were played at one end of the field as the UCLA offense couldn't mount any sustained drive past midfield.

Score at halftime is WSU 10 - UCLA 0

That's the correct score. Washington State converted their first field goal of the season.

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