The Oregon State Beavers lead the Washington State Cougars, 17-10, at halftime in Martin Stadium on Saturday night. OSU took the lead for the first time late in the second quarter when running back Storm Woods punched the ball in from three yards out.
That touchdown followed a fumble by Teondray Caldwell, who had made a nice run to pick up 16 yards before getting stripped from behind. Oregon State took over from the 36 and scored quickly. Caldwell's fumble was the play immediately following an Anthony Carpenter interception of Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion in the endzone.
Outside of that pick, Mannion and his receivers have shredded the Cougar secondary. The junior quarterback has completed 18 of 29 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown. Mannion's passes weren't always on point, but Richard Mullaney has won battles against the WSU defense to catch five balls for 122 yards.
The Cougars took the lead on their first drive after quickly driving down inside the Oregon State 10-yard line. The drive stalled before Andrew Furney made a 27-yard field goal. Oregon State would tie the game up two drives later with a 20-yard field goal from Trevor Romaine.
WSU got its only touchdown of the half on a 3-yard touchdown run from running back Marcus Mason. That score finished a 12-play, 75-yard drive to start the second quarter. The Cougs looked to be driving to a score again midway through the second after Rickey Galvin caught a first-down pass to take WSU inside the Oregon State 35-yard line. Galvin followed that up with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for jawing at the defender.
John Fullington was called for a hold on the next play and the drive was all but doomed.
Connor Halliday has played well for the most part, completed 17 of 30 for 156 yards and no interceptions. Halliday continues to struggle with the deep ball. He missed multiple opportunities to hit receivers over the top.