The Arizona St. Sun Devils followed a similar formula to their first quarter: slow at the start and then good late. The Sun Devils watched the Washington St. Cougars take a 16-13 lead with 1:15 left in the half but scored less than a minute later to take a 20-16 lead into halftime.
The Cougars closed the 10-6 gap from the first quarter on their first drive of the second period following a 31-yard pass from Connor Halliday to Isiah Barton. The Cougars marched to the Sun Devil 22-yard line but were stopped there, resulting in a 39-yard field goal by Andrew Furney to close within 10-9.
The Sun Devils came back with a field goal of their own later as light snow started pouring from the sky. Brock Osweiler found Gerrell Robinson for a 25-yard completion at the beginning of the drive, and a gusty call on 4th-and-8 on the Cougar 29-yard line paid off with a trip to the redzone. The drive concluded with a 22-yard field goal by Alex Garoutte to push ASU's lead to 13-9.
Halliday led the Cougars down the field for a score with 1:15 left in the half. In a repeat of the Cougars first score of the game, Halliday found Marquess Wilson for an 18-yard score to give Washington State a 16-13 lead.
ASU responded with three straight completions by Osweiler to set up a two-yard touchdown run by Cameron Marshall.
The Sun Devils lead 20-13 at halftime. Osweiler has 180 yards on 15-of-27 passing while Marshall has only eight rushing yards on 10 carries and Gerrell Robinson leads the ASU receivers with 56 yards on three receptions. The Sun Devils need to get the ball to Marshall more in the second half as they seek to open up the offense.
Washington State will receive the opening kickoff of the second half.