The UCLA Bruins beat the Washington State Cougars, 44-36, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. on Saturday night. The Bruins used a 30-point second quarter to break the game open and bury WSU.
The Cougars started the game off well, driving deep into UCLA territory before having a field goal attempt blocked and returned for a touchdown. WSU would drive again on the next possession, only to have a field goal attempted for a second time.
From that point, UCLA took over. The Bruins would score 30 points in the second quarter to take a demanding 37-7 lead.
Special teams mistakes killed the Cougars time and time again. WSU saw four of their first five kicks blocked, with UCLA getting their hands on two field goals and two punt returns. The failures on special teams put WSU in a hole they could never get out of.
Halliday ended up putting some pretty solid stats in relief. After a shaky start, he responded by completing 26 of 43 passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns. He was inaccurate at times, and showed why he lost the starting the job in the first place by throwing an interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Overall, Halliday was much improved from his performances earlier in the season.
Dominique Williams had a career night, catching seven passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He also grabbed a two-point conversion to put the Cougs within one score at the end of the game. The Cougars out-gained the Bruins by a big margin, but it wasn't enough with all the mistakes.
Regardless of the second-half scores, WSU is still dealt another loss. The team is winless in conference play with two more games left on the schedule. The Cougs will have to beat ASU on the road or UW at home to avoid a winless Pac-12 season. This season is a nightmare that just keeps getting worse. Can someone pinch me now?
Seriously, 30 effing points in the second quarter for UCLA. Other than that, WSU dominated. Such is life with Cougar football.