And the Cougars followed up a dreadful first half with a veritable offensive explosion in the third quarter.
O’Connell, nicknamed The Continent for his 6-8, 354-pound frame, figured prominently in all of it.
• WSU's offense ignited to score 22 points in the third quarter.
• The Cougs racked up 10 first downs in the stanza.
• And WSU racked up 235 yards of total offense in the third.
Unofficially, Washington State pounded out 137 rushing yards despite the smallish number of carries over the first half. And WSU ran behind O'Connell on a bunch of them.
O'Connell was injured in the first half against Arizona State. WSU doesn't give out injury information so there's no way of knowing but the guess here is that if this game would have been the Apple Cup, O'Connell would have started.
Instead, it seems logical to posit the Cougs thought they could get by OSU while still allowing O'Connell an extra week to heal - just to be safe.
But headed into the locker room, down 24-6 and with the Cougs looking slow and lethargic, O'Connell was needed.
Did he ever deliver.
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