Washington State beats Portland State 59-21

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PULLMAN, Wash. — Connor Halliday, a nation’s heading passer, threw for 544 yards and 6 touchdowns on Saturday as Washington State kick Portland State 59-21.

Isiah Myers hold 11 passes for 227 yards and 3 touchdowns for Washington State (1-2), that had non-stop a deteriorate with waste to Rutgers and Nevada though valid too most for FCS Portland State.

Kieran McDonagh led Portland State (1-2) with 269 flitting yards and a touchdown. Alex Toureen hold 7 passes for 100 yards.

Halliday, a senior, finished 41 of 62 passes and was intercepted twice. Washington State piled adult 706 yards of offense while holding Portland State to 362 yards.

Dom Williams hold 4 passes for 112 yards and dual touchdowns for a Cougars.

Halliday came into a diversion heading a republic with 921 flitting yards.

Washington State has never mislaid to an FCS competition and a Cougars scored on 3 true possessions, starting late in a initial quarter, to take control.

Washington State’s Gerard Wicks powered over from a 1-yard line, completing an 80-yard expostulate in 14 plays. The expostulate featured 9 catches or rushes by a WSU using backs, that manager Mike Leach pronounced this week was essential for his Air Raid offense to have success.

Portland State gathering down to a WSU 10 on a subsequent possession. But using behind Shaq Richard fumbled and Washington State’s Destiny Vaeao recovered on a 7 to kill a drive.

Halliday connected with Myers on a 67-yard pass play. Five plays after Halliday dismissed a 15-yard touchdown pass to River Cracraft in a finish section and Washington State led 14-0 early in a second quarter.

Portland State was forced to punt on a subsequent possession, and Rickey Galvin returned a round 44 yards to a PSU 17. Halliday on a initial play connected with Dom Williams, who ran into a finish section for a 21-0 WSU lead.

Portland State got a round on downs during Washington State’s 44, though McDonagh was intercepted in a finish section by Charleston White to finish a threat. Washington State marched 80 yards in 6 plays, with Halliday attack Vince Mayle in a finish section for a 28-0 lead that stood during halftime.

Halliday had 321 flitting yards and 3 touchdowns in a initial half, while Myers hold 7 passes for 150 yards in a first. Portland State was hold to 119 sum yards in a initial half.

Portland State finally got on a scoreboard on a initial array of a second half. Richard scored on a 7-yard run, capping an 11-play, 85-yard drive, to cut WSU’s lead to 28-7.

After a Washington State punt, a Vikings marched 71 yards in 6 plays. McDonagh finished a expostulate with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Kasey Closs in a finish section as Portland State cut WSU’s lead to 28-14.

Washington State replied with a 75-yard expostulate that finished with Halliday’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Myers, for a 35-14 lead late in a third. Myers hold a 4-yard touchdown pass from Halliday on WSU’s subsequent possession for a 42-14 lead.

Halliday was intercepted by Patrick Onwuasor, who returned a round 42 yards for a touchdown, though Portland State still trailed 42-21 with 13:19 left in a game.

Halliday and Myers connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass mid by a fourth.

This is Portland State’s second diversion opposite a Pac-12 group this season. It mislaid 29-14 during Oregon State on Aug. 30, after heading during halftime. The Vikings forsaken to 2-32 all-time opposite FBS schools, including 0-14 opposite Pac-12 schools.

Portland State piled adult 507 yards of offense in circumference lower-division Western Oregon 45-38 final week, though couldn’t get untracked opposite a Cougars.

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