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Halftime: Defense ensures the Price is wrong
IT'S BEEN A HALLIDAY IN SEATTLE IN FIRST HALF
the staff of Cougfan.com
Posted Nov 29, 2013
SEATTLE – Despite the size and the noise in Husky Stadium, the Cougars made their message loud and clear in the first half of the Apple Cup: They mean business. Sheer determination to make it to their first bowl in a decade resulted in a poised Connor Halliday and a defense that relentlessly pressured Husky quarterback Keith Price, forcing two turnovers as they took a 10-3 lead into halftime.
Despite playing in front of a packed house of predominantly their own fans, Washington’s offense was clearly rattled by their visitors from the Palouse. On third-and-5 on the Huskies’ opening drive at the WSU 35, Price was sacked for a 6-yard loss by sophomore
that forced a 48-yard field goal by Travis Coons.
On their ensuing possession, sophomore
stopped Bishop Sankey for a loss on third-and-1 at their own 37 that forced Washington to punt.
Price was able to break free as a flag hit the turf for holding, but he was drilled by sophomore defensive lineman
and fumbled the ball. Senior linebacker
recovered at the Huskies’ 47.
tied the game 3-all when he drilled a 49-yard field goal with 13:38 left in the half.
The Huskies took over around midfield and were driving when senior
intercepted Price and stepped out of bounds at the WSU 9 with 10:10 left in the half.
hauled a 15-yard pass into left corner of the end zone with 4:27 left. WSU converted a pair of third-and-1 plays on the drive; the first came from its own 18 on a 2-yard run by junior
, and the latter, from the Huskies’ 16 on a 1-yard scramble by Halliday. The Cougars’ longest play from scrimmage was a 20-yard carry by sophomore
from their own 45.
Halliday finished the half with 17-of-33 passing for 139 yards, while Price completed 5 of 8 for 72 yards.
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