PULLMAN – Connor Halliday finished Saturday’s game exactly how Washington State wanted.
That is: on the sidelines, wearing a baseball cap, watching as freshman Austin Apodaca made his collegiate debut with the Martin Stadium bleachers emptying in the fourth quarter.
That Big Sky member Southern Utah was WSU’s opponent in its home opener is of little consequence. What’s more important – and what the Cougars had yet to achieve in the Mike Leach era – was that they walk out of here with not only a victory, but a convincing one.
So 48-10 will do just fine.
This was the easiest, most complete, most dominant WSU victory since Leach was hired as coach, and it improved the Cougars to 2-1 with another likely cakewalk – Idaho, after all – waiting next weekend.
Halliday completed 32 of 41 passes for 383 yards, five touchdowns and an interception, helping to build a lead that allowed Apodaca to take over early in the fourth quarter.
Damante Horton, Daquawn Brown and Deone Bucannon each had an interception, and Horton returned his 72 yards for a touchdown. It was his second pick-6 in as many games, and third of his career. That number ties Jason David for the most in WSU history.
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