From Pullman — The thermometer dropped 25 and it felt even colder as the Cougars took the field for their last regular practice before a big game against Utah. Quarterback Connor Halliday was sharp, completing 22 of 25 passes in the 11-on-11 session. On the defensive side of the ball the secondary was sharp as Anthony Carpenter, Nolan Washington and Deone Bucannon all broke up passes. Casey Locker — playing in place of Taylor Taliulu — read scout team quarterback Tyler Bruggman's eyes perfectly to pick off a pass. Cyrus Coen was again a non-participant with Tana Pritchard taking his place at SAM linebacker.
WSU also held its weekly Thursday Night Football scrimmage. More on that after the jump.
Walk-on wide receiver Daniel Lilienthal thoroughly dominated Thursday Night Football. The junior hauled in nine passes for 136 and three touchdowns. His final score was a jaw-dropper. Deep in the end zone, with a defender blanketing him, Lilienthal reached his arms around the defender's helmet to catch the ball on the other side of his head.
Lilienthal was helped by an efficient day from the quarterbacks. Tyler Bruggman went 10 for 12 with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions, and Luke Falk finished 12 of 13 with two more scores. Not to let the aerial attack get all the credit, Jamal Morrow broke numerous tackles on the way to a 64-yard run.
Cornerback Charleston White had the best day of any defender, totaling six tackles and an interception of Connor Ennis, who went 3 of 5.