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WSU leads Colorado 17-14 at halftime

November 19, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. – Despite evaded sacks, dropped passes and a missed field goal, the Washington State Cougars lead the Colorado Buffaloes 17-14 at halftime.

Quarterback Luke Falk has completed only 16-of-34 pass attempts, thanks in part to at least three dropped passes. But he’s connected on deep pass, such as a 46-yard touchdown bomb to running back Jamal Morrow, to keep the WSU offense moving.

The Cougars have been turned away from the multiple scoring opportunities. Kicker Erik Powell missed a 51-yard attempt, and CU counterpart Davis Price badly missed from 38 yards with just six seconds left in the half. The Cougars also missed a scoring opportunity when star receiver Gabe Marks dropped what would have been a 26-yard touchdown on a drive that ended with the Cougars turning the ball over on downs.

The WSU defense has played well, but CU quarterback Sefo Liufau, a Tacoma native, has kept the Buffaloes in the game. On third-and-three Liufau slipped out of a sack at the WSU 27-yard line and converted. He later ran the ball in from three yards out to tie the score at 14.

Liufau has completed 14-of-25 passes for 183 yards, while rushing for another 40 yards. WSU first score came when Falk threw a 14-yard pass to Robert Lewis in the end zone, who made the catch despite taking a hard hit from Afolabi Laguda, who was ejected for targeting on the play.