In a game that mattered to few outside the Palouse, the WSU football team returned home to Martin Stadium to play FCS Portland State after 2 early road loses to start the 2014 season. Nothing like a little home “cookin” and a flashy new ribbon board in the stadium to right the Cougar’s ship on a sunny day in Pullman. Like pirates boarding a treasure ship, the Cougars jumped on Portland State Vikings early and left their ship smoldering in a 59-21 loss to WSU.
WSU Senior QB Conner Halliday lit up the Palouse sky with his aerial passing assault on the undersized Vikings defenders. When carnage was over, Halliday had thrown for 544 yard and six touchdowns leaving the viking remains floating down the mighty Palouse River. First mate, Isiah Meyers, (WR), inflicted his own damage by hauling in 11 passes for 224 yards and 3 touchdowns while shipmate Dom Williams caught 4 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns.
While the WSU offense was feasting on their spoils, the Cougar Defense showed up to join the party and spent most of the day recking havoc and stuffing the Viking run. Viking QB McDonagh did mange to put 269 yards passing on 21 of 51 attempts but little gold was left as the Cougs D had their way.
For WSU fans, this was the team they were expecting to open the season. Both the Offense and Defense played well in what most thought was undoubly thier best game yet. The 2-1 Cougs now return home to take on #2 Oregon next Saturday in Pullman.