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Halliday Sets NCAA Record, Cougars Fall To Cal 60-59

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Connor Halliday set an FBS record with his 734 yards passing, but a missed field goal kept this game from being one to remember for the Cougars. Connor Halliday set an FBS record with his 734 yards passing, but a missed field goal kept this game from being one to remember for the Cougars.

 PULLMAN, Wash. -- Connor Halliday broke the Pac-12, FBS and FCS records for passing yards in a game with 734 to lead Washington State, but it was Trevor Davis and California who pulled out the 60-59 win in a video-game like shootout at Martin Stadium on Saturday night. Halliday finished with six touchdowns, no interceptions and a 186.4 quarterback rating.

Both teams combined for 49 points in the third quarter alone, 119 points in the game and finished with a combined 1,406 yards of total offense.

The Cougars (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) trailed 60-59 with 3:17 left to play. Halliday drove WSU down the field to the Bears' (4-1, 2-1) two yard line and head coach Mike Leach opted to attempt a 19-yard field goal on third down with 19 seconds left in the game. It went wide right.

Cal took the lead for good on a 51-yard bomb down the sideline from Jared Goff to Davis with 3:18 left in the fourth quarter. Goff went 37-53 passing for 527 yards and 5 TDs with a 184.5 QBR.

Davis kept WSU on the ropes with back-to-back kickoff returns for a touchdown for the Bears in the third quarter, he also grabbed three catches for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Washington State receivers also had career nights. Vince Mayle led the pack with 11 receptions for 263 yards and a TD, good enough to break Deron Pointer's WSU record of 255 yards. River Cracraft connected with Halliday on three touchdown passes and had 172 yards receiving on 11 catches.

Washington State held a 24-13 lead going into halftime. The Bears quickly erased that lead with two Daniel Lasco touchdowns early on in the third quarter. From that point on the game turned into a shootout.

Halliday set the then Greater Spokane League single-game passing record while at Ferris High School in 2009 with a 437 yard performance for the Saxons. A mark that has since been beaten by Boise State commit--Shadle Park's senior QB Brett Rypien--five times after Halliday graduated. Halliday also held the GSL's single-season passing record with 2,255 yards, a total Rypien has now beaten twice.

Rypien is the nephew of former WSU and NFL great Mark Rypien.

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