There were four touchdowns scored in the second quarter – and only one of them would be considered of the ordinary variety.
That would be the first one the Cougars scored, the one that broke the 0-0 tie. It came at the end of a 95-yard drive and seemed to open the floodgates – if you consider a squirt-gun stream a flood.
The Huskies’ answer was a long pass play made possible by a) as good a catch as you’ll ever see by Cody Ellis and b) a mistaken notion by Tyron Brackenridge that Ellis was going to miss the pass and Brackenridge would have a pick. That combination resulted in a tie game at seven.
Which Eric Frampton promptly untied with a pick six, prompting exactly 34 seconds of cheering by the Cougar faithful.
It only lasted that long because Marlon Wood took the kickoff almost all the way back, with only a tackle by Michael Willis saving a score. For two plays.
And that’s why the game is tied at 14 at intermission.
The key for WSU in the second half: Don’t give up the big play. The Huskies aren’t going to march 80 yards to score. They don’t have the offense to sustain a long drive.
The key for UW: Keep doing what they have been doing. Take chances down the field when possible, play field position when it isn’t.
The Husky marching band has more drum majors than my high school band had musicians.