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WSU Defense Strong In First Scrimmage

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 By Washington State University Athletics

LEWISTON, Idaho – Washington State football held its first scrimmage of fall camp, working through roughly 60 plays at Sacajawea Middle School Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars turned in a couple highlights in their first “live” action of camp as the offense scored three touchdowns and two field goals while the defense recorded three sacks and picked off two passes.

Quarterback Connor Halliday went 11-of-16 for 95 yards including a seven-yard touchdown pass to wideout Rickey Galvin who jumped to back the catch before falling over the goaline for the score. Luke Falk guided the second unit, completing 9-of-15 passes for 96 yards. Redshirt-freshmen Connor Ennis went 6-of-9 for 47 yards while true freshman Peyton Bender went 6-of-8 for 38 yards including a pair of short touchdown throws.

Kristoff Williams led all pass catchers with 36 receiving yards while running back Marcus Mason led all players with four receptions. Wideouts Tyler Baker and Daniel Lilienthal each caught short touchdown passes from Bender.

For the defense, linebacker Cyrus Coen turned in the first big play, picking off scrambling Halliday in the red zone to end a scoring threat. The other interception came late in the scrimmage as freshmen linebacker Chandler Leniu jumped a short rout to pick off Ennis. The Cougars also saw defensive tackles Robert Barber and Toni Polé each burst through the line to record sacks before Jeff Waldner and Hercules Mata'afa combined for another sack late in the day.

Redshirt-freshman kicker Erik Powell converted his only two field goal attempts, hitting from 32 and 29 yards, respectively.

The Cougars continue fall camp Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Washington State Football - August 9, 2014 Scrimmage Stats


Tyler Baker 4-yard touchdown catch from Peyton Bender

Daniel Lilienthal 1-yard touchdown catch from Peyton Bender

Rickey Galvin 7-yard touchdown catch from Connor Halliday

PASSING                     Comp-Att-Yards           TD        INT

Luke Falk                             9-15-96                                 0              0

Connor Halliday                                11-16-95                               1              1

Connor Ennis                     6-9-47                                   0              1

Peyton Bender                 6-8-38                                   2              0

RUSHING                    Carries-Yards

Gerard Wicks                    4-9

Squally Canada                                2-2

Jamal Morrow                  1-1

Theron West                     2-(-2)

RECEIVING                  Receptions-Yards

Kristoff Williams                3-36

River Cracraft                    2-26

Marcus Mason                 4-26

Dom Williams                     2-26

Calvin Green                      2-25

Rickey Galvin                     2-23, TD

Drew Loftus                       3-22

Tyler Baker                        2-17, TD

Gabe Marks                       2-16

Zaire Andre                        1-15

Robert Lewis                     1-14

Vince Mayle                       2-12

Theron West                     2-10

Isiah Myers                        2-5

Gerard Wicks                    1-2

Daniel Lilienthal                1-1, TD


Cyrus Coen (Halliday)

Chandler Leniu (Ennis)


Robert Barber

Toni Pole

Jeff Waldner / Hercules Mata'afa (combined)


Erik Powell 32 (Good), 29 (Good)