Expect aerial fireworks when Oregon State plays Washington State

Sep 21, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion (4) calls plays under center during the first half against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re not a fan of the forward pass, you’ll probably want to avert your eyes on Saturday when the Oregon State Beavers take on the Washington State Cougars. Both teams have high-powered passing offenses led by strong quarterbacks — Sean Mannion for Oregon State and Connor Halliday for Washington State — who are having great season so far.

The Oregonian put together a side-by-side statistical comparison of the two gunslingers. Here’s a quick look at some of the stats:

Completions per game:


Mannion: 32 (third nationally)


Halliday: 31.5 (fourth nationally)


Passing yards:


Mannion: 2,018 (first nationally)


Halliday: 1,993 (third nationally)


Completion percentage:


Mannion: 67.2 percent (22nd nationally)


Halliday: 65.2 percent (32nd nationally)

As you can see, Mannion has a slight edge over Halliday. The differences between the two become more pronounced when you look at touchdowns and interceptions, though. Mannion leads the country with 21 passing touchdowns; Halliday has only thrown 13 TDs. Halliday also has ten interceptions on the year to Mannion’s mere two.

The game should be a fun one if you love offense, so make sure to tune in at 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPNU for all the action.

[Source: Oregon Live]

Topics: Connor Halliday, Oregon State Beavers, Sean Mannion, Washington State Cougars

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