The Washington State Cougars opened up the recently renovated Martin Stadium with a 38-point victory over FCS foe Portland State. Senior Isiah Myers racked up 227 yards on 11 receptions, an average of 20.3 yards per catch, and three touchdowns in the blowout win.
For the first ten minutes of the third quarter, Portland State looked like it might have been able to come back from the 28-point half time deficit. The Vikings scored 14 straight points to cut the deficit in half. Those were the only points that the Vikings’ offense scored.
Washington State’s offense than scored the next 14-points in the game to take a 41-14 lead. Redshirt senior QB Connor Halliday than made a questionable decision and threw a pass that was intercepted, and returned to the endzone for a Vikings touchdown. That was the last time Portland State put points on the board.
The offense wasted its first drive of the game, but quickly marched down the field on its second drive to score a rushing touchdown. Cougar fans got to see exactly how the Air Raid is supposed to work for the second time this season, and it didn’t take an entire quarter for the offense to get started. That being said, the offensive line had a couple of breakdowns early in the first half that slowed down the offensive attack.
Outside of Portland State’s 14-0 run at the beginning of the second half, the defense played…solidly against an over matched opponent. The Vikings were unable to stretch the field due to the pressure being generated by the Washington State front seven, and that helped keep the Cougars defense off of the field.
Is there a whole lot of information to be taken from this game? No not really, it was an over matched opponent that the Cougars should have blown out. But it was good to see WSU put a butt-whooping on somebody after the last two weeks, even if it was Portland State.
This win was also a good way for the Cougs to open up the finished product that is Martin Stadium. Martin Stadium looks gorgeous now, with the brick facade around the interior of the seating bowl and the Football Operations Building in the West Endzone. It’s always been a great place to watch a football game, now I’m not sure there are too many better options in the country.