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WSU vs. Utah football: Cougs defeat Utes 49-37 to earn bowl eligibility

A pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns led WSU to a 21-0 lead, but the Utah running game -- and some special teams gaffes by the Cougs -- kept the game reasonably close before WSU finally put it away in the fourth quarter behind a 71-yard TD from Connor Halliday to Dom Williams.

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The Monday After: Utah victory edition

The WSU Cougars locked up bowl eligibility with a dramatic victory over the Utah Utes. Let's take one more look back at the big picture items from the game before we move along to the Apple Cup.

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Highlights, notes and stats from win No. 6

With another big performance, Connor Halliday keeps on climbing the record books.

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RECAP: Cougs earn bowl eligibility with 49-37 win

Despite running out to a quick 21-0 lead, the game was filled with drama as WSU held on for the victory behind 488 yards from Connor Halliday.

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Cougs use fast start to grab halftime lead

The Washington State Cougars lead the Utah Utes, 33-20, after two quarters of play at Martin Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Cougs used an opening-drive touchdown and consecutive interceptions for scores to grab a 21-0 lead less than 10 minutes in the game. Utah wouldn't go away, however, and came back with two consecutive touchdowns of their own to get right back in it.

Connor Halliday had a superb first half, completing 21 of 34 for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns. The redshirt junior has shown the touch that has eluded him all season in hitting Dom Williams and Kristoff Williams on big gains. Halliday has also improvised when necessary, hitting Marcus Mason for a long gainer and a touchdown.

It has been all-or-nothing for the Cougar defense. Four three-and-outs and two pick-sizes have shared space with three touchdown drives. The last was a short field for Utah, following a WSU drive that ended inside its own 20.

That field position was set up on the previous Utah possession when Leon Brooks muffed a punt in Washington State territory.

Utah quarterback Adam Schulz has been erratic, but came up with big plays in the passing game. He is 9 of 21 for 133 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Running back Kelvin York has 14 carries for 59 yards and two scores.

Damante Horton and Casey Locker had the back-to-back interceptions for touchdowns in the first quarter. Horton jumped a route and took his for 22 yards, the third score of the season for the senior. Locker's came on a tipped pass, and some great blocking helped him take it the distance.

Senior kicker Andrew Furney had two field goals, including a 52-yarder into the wind to end the first half.

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Open game thread!

The odds say the Cougars are slight favorites to pick up their sixth win of the season, as the line has WSU giving a point to the Utes. Can they pull it off? Discuss the game here as it unfolds with other Cougar fans.

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Bax has a breakfast beer for you

It's an early game in Pullman this week, and Baxter has the perfect beer.

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An inside look at the Utes: Q&A with Block U

How is Utah coping without quarterback Travis Wilson? That and more from the SB Nation blog that knows the Utes best.

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How to follow WSU-Utah

The Cougars face the Utes with a chance to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2006.

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HCA: Are the Cougs ready for Utah?

After a week of looking forward to it, the most anticipated non-Apple Cup or season-opener in recent history has arrived.

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WSU will honor 18 seniors on Saturday

Saturday is senior day at Washington State and it's time to look back on their Cougar careers.

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A huge recruiting weekend on tap for WSU

WSU will play its final home game of the season on Saturday and will attempt to take advantage with a big recruiting weekend.

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