PULLMAN – Washington State saw its offense click in the first full pads practice of the spring that ended with 40 “live” plays in Martin Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars opened practice by working through their similar routine of individual position workouts, 7-vs.-7, before working on punt coverage and wrapping up with 11-vs.-11 team.
Redshirt-senior quarterback Connor Halliday operated the first series, hitting redshirt-freshman running back Jamal Morrow in stride on a screen that went for 20-plus yards. Halliday then dropped in a pass over the shoulder and into the hands of redshirt-senior Vince Mayle to get down to the five yard line. The defense buckled down and forced three incompletions and the offense settled for a 23-yard field goal from redshirt-freshman Erik Powell.
Halliday and the No. 1 offense stayed on the field and started from the defense’s 40 yard line. Halliday hit sophomore wideout River Cracraft and redshirt-senior wide out Rickey Galvin for first down completions to get down inside the 10. Halliday capped the drive with short touchdown throw to redshirt-senior Kristoff Williams, his first of three scores on the day.
Redshirt-freshman Luke Falk led the next series and came up with a clutch third-down completion to Mayle to get into the red zone. Falk then connected with K. Williams who shook off one defender before cruising in for the 15-yard score. Fellow redshirt-freshman quarterback Tyler Bruggman saw his first drive of the day end with a missed field goal attempt.
Halliday and the first team offense took the field again, converting on a couple third down completions to Mayle who made a nice grab in traffic and another to Williams for another score. The ball was again placed at the defense’s 40 and Halliday opened the series with a 39-yard toss to Mayle who was pushed out at the one. The defense again came up with three goaline stops before Halliday hit Mayle in the corner of the end zone for a score.
Falk led the next series, hitting redshirt-freshman Robert Lewis in stride for a 21-yard completion. The defense came back with a sack by redshirt-junior BUCK linebacker Ivan McLennan and the offense settled for a 32-yard field goal by Powell.
Bruggman closed the day leading the final series. Redshirt-junior linebacker Tana Pritchard provided the big play, slicing through a couple offensive linemen to blow up a running back on a screen. A couple plays later, Bruggman rifled a through past two defenders to redshirt-junior wideout Tyler Baker who held on in traffic for a fourth down conversion. The day ended a couple plays later with a 42-yard field goal from Powell.
The Cougars will practice at 11 a.m. Saturday.