Aug 28, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday (12) and Washington State Cougars running back Jamal Morrow (25) walk off the field after an incomplete pass against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the second half at Centurylink Field. The Knights beat Cougars 41-38. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Pac-12: Washington State Cougars Start Season With Loss to Rutgers, 41-38

The Oregon Ducks won’t see the Washington State Cougars in Pac-12 play until Saturday, October 20th, but on Friday night in the Cougs first game of the season against Rutgers where all teams are fighting for a spot in the College Football Playoff the team from Pullman took a big step backwards. Washington State Quarterback Connor Halliday had a great game despite the loss.

Halladay came out firing for five hundred thirty two yards of offense for the Cougars, but some costly mistakes, including a muffed kickoff return led to Rutgers taking the upper hand despite an early nation leading five touchdowns on the night from the Washington State signal caller. As is their new standard Washington State does not have much of a running game in a pretty much complete passing offense.

On the night the team had a anemic amount of rushing yards with six. Yes, you read that right. Six yards, which will surely put them at the bottom of the rushing rankings to start the season. Rutgers, in their first year in the Big Ten Conference made a big road statement in their first conference win with a balanced attack of rushing and passing on the night. Running Back Paul James and one hundred seventy three yards on the night with three touchdowns in the win for the Scarlet Knights.

The first week of the college football season has begun and continues on Friday night as Michigan State, the team that Oregon will host next week, welcomes in Jacksonville State at 4:30pm Pacific Time, the game will be available on the Big Ten Network. The Oregon Ducks from the Pac-12 will host South Dakota on Saturday at 7:30pm Pacific Time on the Pac-12 Networks.

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