1st Half: Halliday struggles, Horton shines

HORTON MOBBED AFTER PICK SIX

WASHINGTON STATE SEEMINGLY had every opportunity to build momentum during the first half, but three turnovers by Connor Halliday nearly set up a halftime deficit Saturday at No. 25 USC. But a stunning interception against USC signal-caller Cody Kessler was returned 70 yards for a touchdown by Damante Horton to tie the score, 7-7 headed into the locker room.

The Cougars appeared poised to score on their second possession, when they moved down to the Trojans' 9-yard line, but Halliday could not connect with true freshman River Cracraft in the end zone. Cracraft was wide open but with the ball a little behind him, lost his footing and couldn't gether it in. Two plays later, Halliday was intercepted by Torin Harris.

But the larger issue came on the Cougars' ensuing possession. After being sacked on second down near midfield, Halliday tried to force a throw as he was being taken down during the following play. Devon Kennard picked up the fumble and returned it to WSU's 22. Six plays later, Kessler scored on a 4-yard run.

Halliday was then intercepted for the second time by Dion Bailey. But Horton made the play of the first half to knot the score after 30 minutes.

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