Utah 37

(4-7, 1-7 Pac-12)

Washington St 49

(6-5, 4-4 Pac-12)

Coverage: Pac-12 Network

3:30 PM ET, November 23, 2013

Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

1 2 3 4 T
UTAH 7 13 10 737
WSU 21 12 10 649

Top Performers

Passing: C. Halliday (WSU) - 488 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: K. York (UTAH) - 25 CAR, 94 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Williams (WSU) - 5 REC, 154 YDS, 2 TD

Washington State beats Utah 49-37

Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Connor Halliday threw for 488 yards and four touchdowns as Washington State beat Utah 49-37 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2006.

Dom Williams caught a pair of touchdown passes for Washington State (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12), which also returned two interceptions for touchdowns. The Cougars have not actually played in a bowl game since 2003, which was also their last winning season.

Utah (4-7, 1-7) has lost five in a row since upsetting No. 10 Stanford,

Sophomore quarterback Adam Schulz, a former walk-on, made his second start for Utah and completed 21 of 46 passes for 347 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and was intercepted twice. Former starter Travis Wilson is out for the season after suffering a concussion against Arizona State.

Halliday completed 36 of 62 passes, and was not intercepted. Williams caught five passes for 154 yards.

Students rushed the field after the game to celebrate a sixth victory in coach Mike Leach's second season.

Washington State piled up 580 yards in the game while Utah had 481 yards.

Washington State jumped to a 21-0 lead, then had to hang on for the victory.

Washington State drove 73 yards on the opening possession and Williams caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Halliday for a 7-0 lead. The big play of the drive was a 44-yard pass reception by Williams.

Washington State squandered a chance to score on its next possession, when the Cougars turned the ball over on downs at the Utah 19. But two plays later Damante Horton picked off a Schulz pass and ran untouched for 22 yards into the end zone, giving WSU a 14-0 lead.

Three plays later, a Schulz pass was deflected and intercepted by Casey Locker, who returned it 39 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead for Washington State.

Utah finally scored when Kelvin York ran 14 yards up the middle late in the first quarter for a touchdown. York carried 8 times and caught a pass during the 12-play, 75-yard drive.

After a WSU punt, Utah took over and Schulz immediately completed a 47-yard pass to Dres Anderson, putting the ball on WSU's 16. York ran three times, the last a 2-yard touchdown burst. That narrowed WSU's lead to 21-14 early in the second quarter.

Washington State drove to the Utah 10 on their next possession, but had to settle for Andrew Furney's 27-yard field goal for a 24-14 lead.

After a Utah punt, WSU drove 78 yards and scored on Halliday's 9-yard pass to Marcus Mason. But the conversion kick was blocked by Daniel Nielson and the Cougars led 30-14.

After a short punt gave Utah possession at the WSU 49, Schulz fired a 28-yard pass to Geoffrey Norwood, and six plays later hit Anderson with a 3-yard touchdown pass. An attempt at a 2-point conversion pass failed.

Washington State got the ball back with just over a minute left in the half, and Furney booted a 52-yard field goal as time expired that gave WSU a 33-20 lead at halftime.

Utah's Andy Phillips kicked a 34-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half to cut WSU's lead to 33-23. Furney replied with a 28-yard field goal after a WSU drive stalled on the Utah 11.

Schulz fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jake Murphy on the next possession to cut WSU's lead to 36-30 with 6:58 left in the third.

Washington State went 75 yards in just four plays, including a 50-yard run by Mason, on its next possession. Halliday's third touchdown pass covered eight yards to Vince Mayle and gave WSU a 43-30 lead.

WSU's Gabe Marks fumbled the ball after catching a pass and Utah's Reginald Porter recovered on the Utes' 36. On the first play, Schulz fired a 64-yard touchdown pass to Murphy to cut WSU's lead to 43-37 with 12:28 left in the game.

Both teams punted on their next possessions.

Then Halliday fired a 71-yard pass Dom Williams, who caught the ball and outran Utah defenders into the end zone for a 49-37 lead with 4:42 left in the game. A 2-point conversion pass was intercepted.

Halliday broke a tie with Alex Brink and Ryan Leaf with the 13th 300-yard passing game of his career, most in team history.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2322
Total Yards481578
3rd Down Conversions6-179-17
4th Down Conversions0-20-1

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD10:58Dom Williams 5 Yd Pass From Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney Kick) 07
TD07:17Damante Horton 22 Yd Interception Return (Andrew Furney Kick) 014
TD05:56Casey Locker 39 Yd Interception Return (Andrew Furney Kick) 021
TD01:07Kelvin York 14 Yd Run (Andy Phillips Kick) 721
TD13:24Kelvin York 2 Yd Run (Andy Phillips Kick) 1421
FG11:01Andrew Furney 27 Yd 1424
TD07:16Marcus Mason 9 Yd Pass From Connor Halliday (Pat Blocked) 1430
TD01:19Dres Anderson 3 Yd Pass From Adam Schulz (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 2030
FG00:00Andrew Furney 52 Yd 2033
FG12:19Andy Phillips 34 Yd 2333
FG09:02Andrew Furney 28 Yd 2336
TD06:58Jake Murphy 11 Yd Pass From Adam Schulz (Andy Phillips Kick) 3036
TD05:34Vince Mayle 8 Yd Pass From Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney Kick) 3043
TD12:28Jake Murphy 64 Yd Pass From Adam Schulz (Andy Phillips Kick) 3743
TD04:42Dom Williams 71 Yd Pass From Connor Halliday (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3749