SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State saw the Gray team score a late touchdown and convert a two-point conversion to post a 22-21 victory in the Crimson and Gray Game played in front of 8,340 fans at Joe Albi Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Quarterback Connor Halliday completed 38-of-58 passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns for the Crimson team while quarterback Austin Apodaca went 27-of-45 for 279 yards and one touchdown for the Gray team. Wide receiver Gabe Marks caught a game-high 11 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns for the Gray. For the Crimson, wideout Kristoff Williams made seven catches for 136 yards including an 80-yard touchdown and Isiah Myers caught eight passes for 111 yards and one touchdown. Jeremiah Laufasa led all rushers with 31 yards on four carries. He also caught four passes for 28 yards for the Crimson.
Safety Taylor Taliulu and linebacker Justin Sagote led the Cougars defensively with 11 tackles a piece with Taliulu also picking off a pass. The Cougar defense tallied 10 "sacks" and recovered one fumble to go along with interceptions by Taliulu and linebacker Jared Byers.
Both offenses struggled in the first half as Halliday gave the Crimson team an early lead with a seven-yard strike to Isiah Myers in traffic. Apodaca later answered for the Gray team with a one-yard touchdown run over the right side to send the teams into the half knotted at seven.
Things opened up in the second half as K. Williams took a quick pass from Halliday, made two defenders miss and outran another defender for an 80-yard score. A couple series later, Halliday capped a drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Ratliff to give the Crimson team a 21-7 lead. Apodaca countered for the Gray team with a six-yard pass to Marks in traffic for a score early in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Jesse Brown took over for both teams late in the quarter and capped the day by finding Marks in the right corner of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown. Instead of kicking the extra point for the tie, the Gray team went for the win and Brown hit a wide open Theron West in the left side of the end zone for the game-winning two-point conversion.
The Cougars wrap up spring practice Tuesday at 3 p.m. on Rodgers Field and in Martin Stadium.