Sunday, September 30, 2012
Halftime: Oregon 23, WSU 19
By Kevin Gemmell
SEATTLE -- Something’s brewing at CenturyLink… again. And it ain’t Seattle’s Best coffee.
After falling behind 20-3, the Washington State Cougars have come roaring back in the second quarter and have narrowed the gap to 23-19 at halftime against the Oregon Ducks, the No. 2 team in the country.
The Ducks jumped ahead 6-0 on a 22-yard Kenjon Barner touchdown and extended it on a Marcus Mariota 13-yard run and a 30-yard touchdown pass to Barner.
But a 2-yard Carl Winston run, a second Andrew Furney field goal and a 26-yard touchdown pass from Connor Halliday to Brett Bartolone has the Cougars within a touchdown heading into the second half.
Mariota is 11-of-17 for 107 yards with a touchdown and a pick. Halliday is 17-of-30 for 151 yards and a touchdown. Barner has 10 carries for 57 yards. De'Anthony Thomas has been a non-factor with four carries for 22 yards and two catches for 11 yards.
The Ducks have sacked Halliday five times while the Cougars have gotten to Mariota three times.
Washington State players came off the field pumping their helmets in the air to fire up the crowd.