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.
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Next Week's Schedule:
9/22: UNLV vs. Air Force
9/22: WSU vs. Colorado