PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State football held its first scrimmage of the spring, working through 115 plays in Martin Stadium Saturday afternoon.
With former Cougars Jack Thompson, Jason Gesser and Marcus Trufant in attendance, the air raid offense exploded midway through the scrimmage and quarterbacks Connor Halliday, Luke Falk and Tyler Bruggman each finished with three touchdown passes. Halliday went 24-of-31 for 222 yards, Falk went 24-of-32 for 253 yards and Bruggman went 15-of-28 for 250 yards.
A couple young receivers went over the century mark in receiving yards as redshirt-junior Daniel Lilienthal caught seven passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns while redshirt-freshman wideout Robert Lewis produced t1o long touchdowns and finished with 101 yards and two scores. Redshirt-senior Vince Mayle also caught seven passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt-junior wideout Tyler Baker, sophomore receiver River Cracraft and redshirt-freshman running back Jamal Morrow each caught a touchdown pass.
Junior running back Teondray Caldwell led the way on the ground with 14 yards and Morrow also added a rushing score. Redshirt-running back Theron West rushed for seven yards but also caught four passes for 50 yards including a 34-yard scamper on swing pass.
For the defense, redshirt-freshman linebacker Peyton Pelluer led the way with seven tackles, redshirt-sophomore safety Beau Glover and redshirt-senior Mitchell Peterson each added six tackles with Peterson also tallying two for loss. Pelluer recorded the only interception of the day, corralling a tipped pass in the end zone that redshirt-junior nose tackle Moritz Christ deflected at the line of scrimmage on a Bruggman pass attempt. Redshirt-sophomore safety David Bucannon recorded five tackles but came up with the hit of the day, crushing a receiver over the middle and forcing the incomplete pass with the his older brother, Deone watching from the stands.
The defense posted seven sacks on the day led by redshirt-freshman Emmitt Sua-Kalio’s three while redshirt-senior nose tackle Toni Pole added two. Su’a- Kalio also registered a quarterback hurry.
Morrow opened the scoring with one-yard touchdown run and Lewis capped the next drive with a 44-yard catch-and-run for a 44-yard score, pulling away from two defenders before cruising into the end zone. Baker scored the next touchdown, catching a pass in traffic before holding off one tackler for an 18-yard touchdown catch. Halliday’s first touchdown pass came to Mayle who out-jumped a defender in the end zone for a short score. Lilienthal’s first of two scores came on a quick pass from Bruggman from seven yards out. Cracraft then got into the action, catching a Halliday pass along the sideline before breaking one tackle and stretching out and reaching across the goaline for a 13-yard score.
Falk followed with a beautifully place ball over the shoulder of Lilienthal who held on for the catch in the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown. Morrow scored a couple plays later, catching a 15-yard pass from Falk in the end zone. On the next drive, Lewis again showcased his talents, catching a short pass, racing past two defenders and again pulled away for a 50-yard touchdown. Halliday capped the day’s scoring with a 20-yard touchdown, hitting Mayle in stride at the 10 yard line who then ran away from a defensive back the final 10 yards.
Redshirt-freshman kicker Erik Powell went 5-for-7 on field goal attempts throughout the day, hitting from 24, 41, 45, 40 and 37 yards.