Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday stands on the sideline before Saturday night's game against Oregon State in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo)
EUGENE, Ore. — Washington State's Connor Halliday knew he was going to throw against No. Oregon just not as much as he did.
Halliday completed 58 of 89 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns, but the Cougars still lost, to the Ducks on Saturday night, 62-38.
His attempts broke the Football Bowl Subdivision record of 83 set by Drew Brees for Purdue on Oct. 10, 1998, against Wisconsin. Halliday's total attempts and completions also broke the Pac-12 records set by Arizona's Matt Scott last season, and his total yards set a Washington State record.
It was his second career 500-yard game.
"I knew going in, on about Monday of last week, that we were going to throw it a lot. I mean, nobody ever thinks 89 is going to be the number," Halliday said. "Oregon is so athletic up front and so athletic at the linebacker position, they don't give us many run looks and running the ball isn't what we do best offensively.
"So we were just doing what we thought would be the most successful for us, which was to chuck it around."
Indeed, Washington State (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12) ran for just 2 net yards against the Ducks (7-0, 4-0).
Halliday's passing yards surpassed Alex Brink's Washington State record of 531 against Oregon State in 2005.
Marcus Mariota threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another for Oregon, which wore pink helmets, cleats and socks for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Byron Marshall ran for 192 yards and three more touchdowns for the Ducks.
Mariota had his first two turnovers of the season, two fumbles that led to first-half Washington State touchdowns, and the Cougars pulled to 27-21 in the second quarter.
The Ducks cleaned up the mistakes in the second half and pulled away, racking up 719 yards in total offense. Freshman Thomas Tyner ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
"Oregon is a great team, and a fast team, and fundamentally sound. They don't make mistakes and we gave them too many opportunities," Cougars safety Deone Bucannon said.
The Ducks extended their winning streak over the Cougars to seven straight.
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