Washington State Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday had some interesting words to say about the Auburn Tigers after his team’s 31-24 loss at Jordan Hare Stadium on Saturday. Halliday praised Auburn’s ground game but took a thinly veiled shot at quarterback Nick Marshall:
They ran the ball real, real, real well. If they could find a quarterback, they’d be a top-five team in the nation. They just don’t have a guy who can throw it. That running game was something very, very impressive (The Spokesman-Review).
To be fair, Nick Marshall had an atrocious game, completing 10-of-19 passing for a mere 99 yards. And, to be fair, the Auburn ground game was dominant, racking up 295 yards rushing on 46 attempts (good for 6.4 yards per rush). However, it seems a bit unsportsmanlike to take a cheap shot at a quarterback starting his first game, especially one who only arrived at Auburn’s campus a few months ago after transferring from a junior college. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn admitted after the game the he kept the playbook simple for Marshall, so judging the young quarterback on that one performance seems unfair.
For the record, Halliday was 35-for-65 passing for 344 yards and three interceptions (and one touchdown). Thanks for helping the Pac-12 look good, Cougars.
[Source: The Spokesman-Review]