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The Connor Halliday Era began tonight in Pullman, but it was a returning star who stole the show during a 59-0 drubbing of Montana State in Martin Stadium.
First Team preseason All-American (wow we actually have one of those!) Marquess Wilson caught six passes, three for touchdowns and also returned a punt for a touchdown.
That's right, with veteran kick returner Gino Simone given a surprise redshirt during his senior season, Wilson has been elevated to kick and punt return duties.
"We want to give him the as many opportunities as possible to touch the football," said Coach Dunlap.
In regards to the Simone redshirt, Dunlap attributed it to a numbers game and gambling on the future of his program.
"Gino really would have only been our #3 or #4 receiver this season had he played. With Marquess (Wilson) likely to be a high pro draft pick next spring, there's that chance that he won't be here for his senior season. Because of that numbers game, we are going to need Gino badly next year where as this year he would have stood on the sidelines."
We will see if that gamble works out, or if Simone decides to transfer after this last minute decision.
you guys need a bigger logo
The bigger the better.
Where's my Pac-12 peoples???????
D', I've been working on a few things for the blog. Coming soon.
Washington State rides it's defense to a 28-21 upset victory over #21 Wisconsin at Martin Stadium.
The Cougars forced two crucial first half interceptions that swung the momentum their way. Marquess Wilson also had another solid game with 123 yards receiving and one touchdown.
However sophomore quarterback Connor Halliday showed his youth, forcing two passes in the red zone that were picked off. That took points off of the board for the Cougars and allowed Wisconsin to stay close.
The Badgers used a great 1-2 combo at halfback with Ball and White combining for 186 yards and three touchdowns.
It was almost enough but a great drive in the final two minutes by Washington State was capped off by a Mitz touchdown run to seal the victory and give the Cougars some momentum heading into their rivalry game with Idaho.
Great game Goose. I got lucky with those interceptions and I couldn't stop your rushing attack. Looking forward to a possible trip to Madison and a rematch next year!
The Cougs have just a dreadful performance in more ways than one, yet still manage to hang on for the victory over rival Idaho 31-26.
WSU lost it's top two tailbacks to injury, Mitz for the season and Sua for two weeks. Plus the constant pressure by Idaho's apparently underrated front 4 forced 6 sacks of Conner Halliday who was constantly pressured and went only 10/24 in the game.
Washington State does however stay undefeated at 3-0 heading into the much needed bye week.
Nice Holy War win by bdub. Looked close.
It was wild and crazy like a rivalry should be, will have a write up on it posted tonight.
The Utes win another wild Holy War and get too 2-0 on the young season. Fights broke out before the game even started as "The Team Down South" came out on the field.
Once the players were separated the game got underway and it couldn't have started out worse as on the very first play from scrimmage BYU HB Patrick Church took it 79 yards to the house. On the insuing drives the Utes fought back and drove down to the BYU 10 yard line, it was then that the adrenalin of the big game got to them as they got called for holding 3 plays in a row taking them back to just barely in field goal range were Kicker Nick Marsh hammered home the first of many field goals for the Utes. On the first play from scrimmage the defense Utah is known for stepped up causing a BYU fumble in BYU territory. Unfortunately for Utah they could not convert and ended up kicking another field goal to end the 1st quarter.
The 2nd quarter saw even more scoring as BYU drove the field twice for 2 touchdowns while Utah could only convert another field goal to end the half 21 to 9 in favor of the Team Down South.
The Utes received the kick to start the 2nd half and promptly threw an interception. At this point the boos were starting to be heard from the crowd as they grew ever more restless. On the positive side TDS could not score and had to punt back to the Utes and that’s when things started to pick up as Senior QB Jordan Wynn orchestrated a masterful drive to score the Utes first TD on the day. On the ensuing possession TDS again fumbled the ball leaving the Utes in prime position to score but only able to convert yet another field goal to end another quarter.
The 4th quarter started without fanfare as both teams traded possessions until TDS broke through for another touchdown with 2:17 left to play to bring the score to 28 to 19.It was then that all hell broke lose as the Utes quickly scored on a 25 yard pass to make it a game again with 1:46 left to play. Then the Utes defense forced BYU into an interception and on the very next play the Utes scored on a beautiful 41 yard pass to bring the score to 28 to 27 with 1:07 left in the game.
With 1:07 left to play Coach Dub had a hard decision to make, Kick off or attempt an onside kick, with the defense playing big and having all 3 time outs remaining, coach elected to kick off to the cougars and on the first play from scrimmage the Utes forced a fumble and DT Dave Kruger took it to the house putting the Utes ahead for the first time and bringing the Utes fans to their feet and the TDS fans to their knees.
However, TDS would not give up as they quickly drove the field to score another TD but it was too little to late as the Utes walked off the field with a hard fought win.
Sounds like a great game. Congrats on the rivalry win.
Now that's a gutsy call.
Yeah could have easily back fired, but I am terrible at onside kicks.
Me too. I'd much rather put the D on the field (with the timeouts, of course) and take my chances that way.
Washington claws their way to a huge upset win over the #1 Oklahoma Sooners 31-24 in Seattle. The previously unranked Huskies improve to 3-0 and enter the polls for the first time this season.
Full write-up to come...
Wildcats Hang On, Head Into Conference Play With a Win
It didn’t come easy Saturday night in East Hartford, but Coach David, Jr. and boys survived a late push from the Huskies of Connecticut to secure their second win of the season. The Wildcats (2-1) dominated the first half 24-7, but in the second, it became the Michael Box show. The Huskie QB completed 18 of his 25 passing attempts, and threw 2 of his 4 touchdown passes in the 4th quarter to pull Connecticut within 3 points with 34 seconds remaining. Box’s efforts fell just short, however, as the Wildcats recovered he ensuing onside kick.
“We did some things well,” said Coach David, “but obviously, we need to do a lot of things better. We’ll take the win, though.” Along with another strong performance by Arizona quarterback, Matt Scott, freshman running back Ka’deem Carey impressed, capturing the first special teams touchdown of his young collegiate career on a 102 yard kick off return in the 2nd quarter.
Arizona will begin their conference schedule next week vs. Oregon State.
Thanks guys, just glad I could help our lowly conference garner some national respect
Pac-12 gonna have all the power soon. . .everybody else, consider yourself warned.
- pins to bulletin board until Rose Bowl game -
- pins to bulletin board until Big Ten title game -
Guess I did kinda walk into that one.
And when you capture a national title those of us in the sec might stop laughing.
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