Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Top performances 2011: Connor Halliday
By Kevin Gemmell
We're looking at the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2011.
Up next: Four scores and a freshman record.
Who & against whom? Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday lifts the Cougars to a 37-27 win over fair-weathered Arizona State on a cold, wet and snowy November day in Pullman, Wash.
The numbers: Pretty darn good for his first significant playing time. The redshirt freshman threw for 494 yards and four touchdowns on 27-of-36 passing. The yardage was a freshman passing record for Washington State.
A closer look: There's nothing like an 85-yard touchdown pass to get a young player's confidence going. After ASU's Jamal Miles took the opening kickoff 95 yards to give the Sun Devils a 7-0 lead, Halliday clicked with Marquess Wilson (eight catches, 223 yards, three touchdowns) on the Cougars' third offensive drive with an 85-yard strike to tie the score. He also showed good poise late in the game, engineering a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives. The first was a 9-play, 89-yard drive that ended in his fourth touchdown pass of the game. The second was an 11-play, 80-yard march. Both drives consumed more than four minutes of clock.