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WSU vs. Oregon State: Cougars fall to No. 14 Beavers, 19-6

The defense is playing the game of the year, but WSU's own mistakes are keeping the Cougars from taking control of the game.

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By The Numbers: 'D' really was that good vs. OSU

Let's take a look back at the Cougars' 19-6 loss to No. 14 Oregon State by diving into the numbers a little bit. What can they tell us about how WSU performed?


Cougs turn game over to Beavers, lose 19-6

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3rd Quarter Recap: Beavers still lead Cougs, 13-3

The mistakes just keep on coming, but WSU hasn't been able to take advantage as the Cougars still trail the No. 14 Oregon State Beavers, 13-3.

The second half started as a repeat of the Oregon second half, as OSU opened with a 10-play touchdown drive that ended with a 12-yard pass from Sean Mannion to Markus Wheaton.

Mike Leach decided to put Connor Halliday, whom he had benched in favor of Jeff Tuel for the final drive of the first half, back in the game. He was intercepted on his first pass by Jordan Poyer -- Poyer's second of the game.

Already deep in WSU territory, OSU started driving again, but the WSU defense -- which has been excellent all game long -- came up big again when Casey Locker intercepted a bobbled pass. Leach put Tuel back in the game, but it didn't make any difference, as the Cougars were unable to do anything with the Beavers' third turnover of the game.


Halftime Recap: Cougs trail No. 14 Beavs by just 3

After a first half filled with mistakes by both sides, the Oregon State Beavers lead the Washington State Cougars, 6-3.

This wasn't expected to be a low-scoring game, but turnovers and penalties have thwarted both offenses repeatedly, as the two teams have just 262 total yards combined. The Cougars have turned the ball over three times: Twice on Connor Halliday interceptions and once on a fumble when the snap hit the receiver motioning across the formation.

OSU quarterback Sean Mannion hasn't been a whole lot better, throwing a pair of interceptions himself. He's 11-for-23 for just 114 yards after playing as well as any quarterback in the Pac-12 in the first three games of the year.

In fact, it's that WSU defense that's been the real story for WSU fans. Much maligned after giving up big plays throughout the first five games of the season, Travis Long, Ioane Gauta and Justin Sagote have led the Cougs to their best defensive half of the year. Sagote and Long have been all over the field, pressuring Mannion all day. One such play led to Gauta getting an interception.

Yes, there was a Fat Guy Interception -- he rumbled deep into OSU territory, to boot.

OSU's final drive of the half, which followed Halliday's second interception, went inside the WSU 10. But the defense stiffened up again, holding the Beavers to just a field goal.

Halliday's mistakes cost him, as Mike Leach benched him in favor of Jeff Tuel for the final drive of the first half. Halliday was just 8-of-18 for 71 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns Tuel's first pass was a 51-yard completion to Marquess Wilson.

The reception led WSU into OSU territory, but the drive stalled after a sack and a pair of incompletions.

At Texas Tech, Leach once benched then-sophomore Graham Harrell for a couple of series before putting him back in. It will be interesting to see if Tuel finishes the game or if Halliday heads back in.


Jeff Tuel in at QB after Connor Halliday struggles

Connor Halliday had a rough start against Oregon State, and Mike Leach has made a move.


1st Quarter Recap: No. 14 Beavers lead Cougs, 3-0

After one quarter of play, the Oregon State Beavers lead the Washington State Cougars by a score of 3-0.

The Beavers got on the board with a 30-yard field goal by Trevor Romaine that was set up by a 32-yard, third down completion from Sean Mannion to Brandin Cooks in which the receiver found the soft spot in what appeared to be a cover two.

The Cougar defense, though, has played very well outside of that one third down conversion. Following a Connor Halliday interception in WSU territory on the second drive of the game, the D stopped OSU on a fourth down attempt to keep the Beavers from scoring again.

After another three-and-out by the Cougar offense, the defense again came up big. After giving up some chunks on the ground as OSU drove deep into Cougar territory, WSU forced a pair of negative running plays to set up a third and long on which they forced Mannion into an interception by Deone Bucannon.

Meanwhile, the WSU offense has struggled mightily. Halliday has already thrown that interception, on which he forced the ball to a covered player as Gabe Marks sat in the zone with nobody within 10 yards of him and clear path to a first down. And most of his other passes have been off, too.

Halliday, who is now 5-of-10 for just 9 yards, ended the first quarter by converting a third and long from near his own goal line. Maybe that can provide some momentum heading into the second quarter.


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How did OSU's Sean Mannion get good? Q&A with BTD

In this week's Q&A session with SB Nation's OSU site, Building The Dam, we explore how it is that the Beavers QB has been able to make a huge leap forward this season as the team has ascended up Associated Press poll.


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A hit to the liver against Utah, then another on the first day of spring camp, prevented Connor Halliday from challenging for the starting job. Fully recovered, Halliday has been thrown into the fire, and he's learning fast.


The most depressing stat of the day

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Mike Riley discussed what he expects to see when the Cougars face the Beavers on Saturday.


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No competition: Halliday is the chosen one at QB

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Your gameday info for WSU vs. No. 14 Oregon State

Washington State played what Coach Leach called their most complete game of the year so far. Can they keep their momentum into this week's game against Oregon State?

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