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Cougs Eliminated From Bowl Contention: Lose to Utah in OT, 30-27

The incredible comeback win that almost was. After a huge catch from Jared Karstetter got the Cougs down inside the ten with 23 seconds left, Connor Halliday found Marquess Wilson at the goal line. Wilson was literally an inch away from punching it in for the winning TD.

Instead, WSU was left to scramble and spike the ball with three seconds left. Paul Wulff was left with a decision to kick the ball or go for the winning score with the final play. He opted for the former and the game was sent into overtime,

The game ended quickly after an "illegal forward pass" penalty on Halliday put the Cougs back in an impossible position. He threw an interception on the next play, and all Utah had to do was make the field goal to win. They did.

This team showed a lot of fight. Down ten points with just over five minutes left in the game, they staged two huge drives to send it into overtime. Halliday showed why he can be great with a few clutch throws, and reminded us that he is a redshirt freshman with four interceptions on the day.

There will be a number of "what-if" moments from this game. Utah scored their first touchdown on a fake punt pass. Their second touchdown was set up by a fumbled punt return. Down three points after scoring on a brilliant wide recever pass from Kristoff Williams to Bobby Ratliff, Chester Sua missed the tackle on John White IV and he spun off to go the distance. The Cougs looked like they may be done at that point.

They weren't, and drove down the field in a hurry to pull back within three after Halliday hooked up with Karstetter in the back of the endzone. The defense was able to stop Utah to set up the wild final drive of regulation.

Sadness in Cougar nation right now. They were so close to getting that fifth win to set up the most meaningful Apple Cup in a long time. Instead, they are left again to try and play the role of spoiler against the Huskies

I still can't believe how close MQW was to scoring that TD. This one will take a long, long time to get over.