NCAA Game Summary - Utah at Washington State|
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Utah 30, Washington State 27 (OT)
Pullman, WA (Sports Network) - John White IV rushed for 186 yards and two TDs,
but the Utah Utes still needed overtime to get by the Washington State Cougars
in Pac-12 action at Martin Stadium.
White, was workhorse yet again for Utah (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12), carrying the ball
42 times in the victory. The Utes needed every yard, as quarterback Jon Hays
struggled to provide offensive balance in snowy conditions, completing 11-
of-18 passes, for just 123 yards.
Freshman quarterback Connor Halliday threw for 290 yards and two TDs for
Washington State (4-7, 2-6), but the youngster also threw four costly
interceptions, including on the team's only drive in overtime. Marquess Wilson
led the team with eight catches, for 83 yards and one TD. Jared Karstetter had
six catches, for 111 yards and one score, while Bobby Ratliff finished with
four receptions, for 97 yards and a touchdown.
After a scoreless first quarter and most of the second, the visiting Utes got
on the scoreboard first, as punter Sean Sellwood threw a 49-yard TD pass to
Luke Matthews on a fake punt at the 1:47 mark of the second quarter.
It seemed to spark the hometown Cougars, who tied things up just over a minute
later, as Halliday found Wilson for a six-yard TD strike with just 33 seconds
remaining, sending the game into halftime knotted at 7-7.
Washington State took its only lead of the game midway through the third
quarter on a 20-yard field goal by Andrew Furney. Utah tied things up with
1:49 left in the third quarter with a 33-yard field goal by Coleman Petersen.
There was plenty of scoring in the final stanza, as the Utes jumped out to a
10-point lead with a 45-yard field goal by Petersen and a three-yard TD run by
The two teams would alternate touchdowns down the stretch, with Washington
State cutting the lead to 20-17 with a 47-yard TD pass from Kristoff Williams
to Ratliff, only to watch White restore the lead back to 10 points, with a
56-yard TD run on the first play of Utah's next drive.
Washington State cut the lead once again to three-points, 27-24, thanks to a
Halliday to Karstetter nine-yard TD pass with 3:14 left in the game.
The Utes gave White the ball five straight times, hoping to run out the clock,
but Washington State made a big stop on 3rd-and-6, forcing a punt with just
under a minute to go.
Halliday connected with two long passes to Karstetter, a 24-yarder and a 44-
yarder to get the ball to the Utah seven-yard line. A six-yard pass to Wilson
down to the one-yard line, set up a 17-yard chip shot from Furney to send the
game into overtime.
Washington State got the ball first in the overtime session, but Halliday's
fourth interception of the game on a 3rd-and-25 set the Utes up for the win.
Following three straight rushes by White, Petersen connected on a 38-yard
field goal to earn the win.
11/19 22:14:34 ET