WSU spring game: Halliday throws for three TDs as Crimson holds off Gray
Connor Halliday throws for 326 yards and three scores as the Crimson outlasts the Gray 23-19 in the spring game in Spokane.
SPOKANE — Early in Washington State’s spring game it seemed that coach Mike Leach’s self-assigned task of creating two equal teams would prove impossible. After all, starting quarterback Connor Halliday couldn’t play for both sides.
But Halliday’s Crimson team had to hold on for a 23-19 victory in front of 6,233 fans at Joe Albi Stadium after his backups overcame early jitters to rally the Gray team.
It helped that Halliday and the Crimson offense sat out the final period, which had a running clock, after playing during the first two 15-minute quarters.
“It was competitive. At times we were not as congruent as I would like because we have guys playing next to people they don’t play next to,” Leach said. “We tried to split the teams as equal as we could in our preferred way. We know it’s not going to be perfect.”
Halliday was 25 of 41 for 326 yards and three touchdowns.
But Halliday wasn’t immune from the turnovers that plagued both offenses, twice getting intercepted by cornerback Daquawn Brown.
“I thought I played all right, it was a little frustrating,” Halliday said. “ ... We got better today and that’s what I like the most.”
Backup quarterback Tyler Bruggman was 12 of 28 for 154 yards. Luke Falk was 20 of 31 for 213 yards for the Gray and found Rickey Galvin for a score from a yard out.