THERE ARE MANY haunting words that could be applied to Washington State's 55-21 loss against Arizona…
Halftime: House of horrors on Halloween night
In the Cougs' first seven first-half drives, they had six three-and-outs, giving the Sun Devils optimal field position each time.
With lackluster support from the offensive line at times, junior Connor Halliday struggled to get rid of the ball. But Halliday was the least of the problems early. Junior Kristoff Williams dropped the ball on what would have been a first down. And there were several other drops. Gabe Marks fumbled when a defender barely breathed on him from behind. ASU promptly took the giveaway into another score.
And that was just the offense. Defensively, the Cougars missed enough tackles in the first half to scare the hell out of the Wicked Witch of the West herself.
The offense gave the defense a short field which ASU promptly turned in 21 points. But even when ASU started deeper in their own territory, they ripped off huge chunks of yardage via the run and pass on their way to the end zone.
Washington State did not score until the second quarter, as sophomore Marks took a slant from Halliday and juked multiple defenders en route to the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown run.
With under a minute left in the half, senior Vince Mayle caught a 31-yard pass from Halliday, giving the Cougars possession at the ASU 15. Junior Rickey Galvin then caught a 15-yard touchdown pass to make the score 42-14.
Arizona State scored 21 unanswered points to open the game and the Cougars struggled to cover and tackle.
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