In 2011 Washington State football fans got their first taste of meaningful November football since 2006, and that came against the Utah Utes at Martin Stadium. The Cougs were 4-6 heading into that game — after an upset of Arizona State — and needed to win out to get to a bowl game.
This game was Connor Halliday’s first start of his collegiate career, and it was against one of the better defenses in the conference. In 2011 , Utah gave up 20.2 points per game (1st in the conference), 350.9 total yards per game (3rd), 237.4 passing yards per game (4th in conference), and 113.5 rushing yards per game (3rd in conference).
Not exactly the easiest team for a redshirt freshmen to go up against in his first start.