Washington State QB: ‘If Auburn could find a QB, they’d be top five in nation’

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Despite traveling cross-country, losing to Auburn 31-24 and throwing three INTs, Washington State QB Connor Halliday wasn’t impressed with Auburn QB Nick Marshall’s debut.

Halliday gushed over Auburn’s running game, but he was openly critical of Marshall’s passing game, via The Spokesman-Review.

“They ran the ball real, real, real well,” Halliday said. “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.”

Marshall finished 10 of 19 for 99 yards, but he added nine carries for 27 yards on the ground. Marshall did struggle throughout the game, and he looked nervous and uptight in the first half, lacking touch on shorter passes. But he calmed down somewhat in the second half and completed 8 of 11 for 79 yards.

Underwhelming? Maybe, but blame it on the media who threw out Cam Newton comparisons after Marshall was named the starting QB.

There’s nothing like an opponent who comes out the loser being critical of the other team’s QB, especially after throwing three INTs. Halliday threw for 344 yards, but he threw a key INT in the end zone with less than five minutes to go in the game that all but sealed the Tigers’ victory.

Had Washington State had a more efficient QB, maybe the Cougars wouldn’t be 0-1.

Let’s give Marshall time and see how his game develops; regardless, there is no doubt the Tigers will lean on their three-headed rushing monster Corey Grant, Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne, who combined for 271 yards and two touchdowns.

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