WSU vs. Southern Utah: Cougars lead Thunderbirds at halftime, 28-10

William Mancebo

The defense hasn't looked stellar, but explosive plays from Connor Halliday to Dom Williams and a couple of defensive turnovers have provided the margin.

It hasn't been completely dominant, but WSU has done enough in the first 30 minutes to have a comfortable lead on Southern Utah at halftime, 28-10.

Connor Halliday has thrown three touchdowns, including a pair of deep ones to Dom Williams, who has had little difficulty getting behind the Southern Utah corners. In both cases, Halliday threw beautiful deep balls right into the bread basket of Williams, who already has 101 yards on three catches.

Halliday has completed 16 of 20 passes for 233 yards. He also has an interception on what appeared to be a miscommunication between him and Isiah Myers.

While SUU has shown little ability to slow down WSU's offense (246 yards gained), the Thunderbirds have demonstrated an ability to move the ball efficiently -- their offensive line has gotten good push, and quarterback Aaron Cantu has had success throwing underneath.

However, a pair of mistakes by Cantu -- overthrows under pressure -- have buried SUU, which has played better than the scoreline indicates. The first found Daquawn Brown, who reeled the ball in with his left hand for the interception; the second found Damante Horton, who took it to the house for yet another pick six.

Despite the score, Mike Leach is unlikely to be happy with the lackluster effort from the defense. The physical play that was the Cougs' hallmark the last two weeks is nowhere to be found today, especially along the defensive line. It will be interesting to see if some choice words in the locker room make a difference, or if maybe these guys are just a little worn down from two tough, physical games in a row.

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