Washington State Vs. UNLV: Cougars Hang On For 35-27 Win

Washington State hung on for a 35-27 win over UNLV on Friday night.

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Washington State Vs. UNLV 2012: Connor Halliday And Jeff Tuel In Quarterback Controversy

The Washington State Cougars defeated the UNLV Rebels on Friday night, and one of the things to come out of the game has been a renewal of the debate over who should be playing quarterback, Connor Halliday or Jeff Tuel. With Tuel nursing a knee injury, redshirt freshman Halliday started against UNLV and went 26-for-45 for 378 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

What does this mean for Cougar football? SB Nation Washington State blog Coug Center weighs in, stressing that it may be best for the program for there to be no debate at all:

Here's the thing: It doesn't matter. What Washington State has is two capable quarterbacks with different enough skill-sets. Tuel can run and has a wisdom about him that keeps mistakes at a fairly low level. Halliday has a cannon and can fit balls into small spaces. Both have their issues and both have their upsides, but each is capable of taking the reigns.

Check out the full post for the complete argument on how Washington State is big enough for both quarterbacks.

For more on Wazzu football, visit Washington State blog Coug Center, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Seattle.
For more on UNLV football, visit MWC blog Mountain West Connection.

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Washington State Vs. UNLV 2012: Final Score And Game Recap

The Washington State Cougars (2-1) held on for a 35-27 win against UNLV (0-3) Friday, the second straight week WSU survived a last second hail mary attempt.

The Cougars jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but UNLV was able to move the ball against the Cougar defense, leading to a 28-20 WSU halftime lead. The defenses rebounded in the second half with neither team scoring in the third quarter.

WSU went ahead 35-20 early in the fourth quarter and appeared to be in control, but UNLV kept clawing back. The Rebels scored with 1:44 to play making it 35-27. WSU appeared to have the game won, but an incomplete pass stopped the clock and gave the Rebels one final chance. The Cougars survived when UNLV's final pass fell incomplete as time expired.

Connor Halliday started at quarterback for WSU and had his moments. Halliday threw two interceptions, but also completed 26-of-44 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns. Marquess Wilson had his first 100-yard game of the season, catching five passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Gabe Marks also went over the 100-yard mark with 126 yards and a touchdown.

With the win, WSU wraps up its non-conference schedule at 2-1. They will begin Pac-12 play next Saturday against Colorado.

Box Score Hero: Marks led the Cougars in receiving and scored his first career collegiate touchdown. He also made the first big play of the game, with his 52-yard reception setting up WSU's first touchdown.

Rankings Ramifications: Washington State and UNLV came in far off the national ranking radar and no part of Friday's game inspired any confidence to change that.

But Did They Cover? UNLV's late touchdown pulled them within eight points, meaning WSU failed to cover the 8.5 point spread.

For More On This Game:

For more on Wazzu football, visit Washington State blog Coug Center, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Seattle.

For more on UNLV football, visit MWC blog Mountain West Connection.

Next Week's Schedule:

9/22: UNLV vs. Air Force

9/22: WSU vs. Colorado

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Washington State Vs. UNLV: Cougars Lead 28-20 At Halftime

The Washington St. Cougars had no problem moving the football against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels in the first half. On the other hand, UNLV was seldom stopped offensively and has hung in after two quarters despite entering the game winless. After 30 minutes of play, WSU leads 28-20.

Connor Halliday played very well in the first half for the Cougs, throwing for 243 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 11 of his 21 pass attempts, although he did throw an interception. Carl Winston leads WSU with 34 rushing yards on seven attempts. Gabe Marks and Isiah Myers both hauled in touchdown passes, while Marquess Wilson has 85 receiving yards and two TD scores.

UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry is 17-for-23 on his throws and has thrown for two touchdowns and an interception. Tim Cornett leads the Rebels with 35 rushing yards. Wide receiver Marcus Sullivan is having a big game with four receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

The second half will begin shortly. You can find the action aired live on ESPN.

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Washington State Vs. UNLV: Cougars Lead 14-7 After First Quarter

The Washington St. Cougars are looking to pick up a road win on Friday night as they take on the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. After one quarter of play, the Cougars lead 14-7.

Connor Halliday went 6-for-15 on his passes in the quarter, throwing for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw an interception. Carl Winston has 29 rushing yards on five attempts, while Gabe Marks leads the receiving corps with two catches and 50 yards.

Halliday led the Cougs on an eight-play, 70-yard drive on their first possession for an early 7-0 lead. He hit Marquess Wilson on a four-yard strike for the score. Halliday then connected with Isiah Myers on an 18-yard TD score with 4:25 left in the quarter.

The Rebels responded on their next drive. Quarterback Nick Sherry went deep to Marcus Sullivan for a 37-yard touchdown pass that cut the lead to 14-7.

The Rebels have the ball once again as the second quarter begins.

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Washington State Vs. UNLV Odds: Cougars Favored By 8 Points

The Washington State Cougars are looking to keep the UNLV Rebels winless on Friday as they lock horns at Sam Boyd Stadium down in Las Vegas.

The Cougars opened the week as 11.5 point favorites, though with the uncertainty of quarterback Jeff Tuel's knee and UNLV already losing two close games at home this season, the line has moved back a bit to an eight-point betting line in favor of the Cougs. The over/under for this game is set at 55.5 after starting the week at 54.

Over at Oddsshark, the experts are giving a 57 percent chance that the Cougars will cover the spread, and are 56 percent sure that the game will cover the over as well. UNLV is 1-9 in their last 10 contests against out of conference opponents.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT this evening with coverage on ESPN and online at WatchESPN.

For more on the Washington State Cougars, make sure that you check out Coug Center.

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Washington State Vs. UNLV: Jeff Tuel's Knee Key To Cougars Success

Heading into their matchup with the UNLV Rebels this Friday, Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel's knee injury suffered last week will be a key factor in the success of the Cougars tonight down in Vegas.

Kyle Rancourt over at Coug Center explains how important Tuel's health will be, because a QB controversy could boil over if he has a bad game, and backup Connor Halliday could step in nicely if need be.

If Tuel's knee is good to go, he should statistically have a very good game against a bad Rebels defense. Heck, last year Marshall Lobbastael threw for 361 yards and 5 TDs. If Tuel's knee isn't 100%, I'd expect Halliday to step up and have a good game, as well. For the sake of my sanity, however, I hope Tuel throws for 600 yards and 6 TDs.

I think most Coug fans would agree with that last statement. Tuel was 20-26 for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns against Eastern Washington last week.

The Rebels and Cougars get it on Friday night at 6 p.m. PT from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

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Washington State Vs. UNLV 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

The Washington State Cougars will look to make it two wins in a row with a victory over the UNLV Rebels in a Friday night game in Las Vegas.

The Cougars are 1-1 on the season, after dropping a Week 1 game against BYU and eeking out a victory over Division 1-AA opponent Eastern Washington last Saturday. They're 8.5-point favorites over the 0-2 Rebels according to OddsShark.

Washington State will likely be without senior quarterback Jeff Tuel, who sat out most of practice this week with an injured right knee, according to CougCenter. Sophomore quarterback Connor Halliday is expected to start in Tuel's place. They'll also be without safety Deone Bucannon, who was suspended for the first half of Friday night's game by the Pac-12 after a late hit on Eastern Washington's Greg Herd in in the Cougars Week 2 contest.

Friday's game will be televised at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.

For more on the Washington State Cougars, be sure to check out CougCenter. For all of your college football needs, keep an eye on SB Nation's dedicated college football hub.

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Washington State's Deone Bucannon Suspended For 1st Half Vs. UNLV

The junior safety will watch the first half of the Cougars' game against UNLV from the bench after being suspended by the Pac-12 for a late hit in the fourth quarter against Eastern Washington.

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