PULLMAN, Wash. -- After failing to score an offensive touchdown in an upset of Southern California last weekend, Washington State had the best offensive performance of the Mike Leach era in a 48-10 win over Southern Utah on Saturday.
Connor Halliday threw for 383 yards and five touchdowns and Washington State piled up 464 yards against Southern Utah, an FCS team.
"This is the best day we've had in Leach's offense," said Halliday, who completed 32 of 41 passes and was intercepted once.
Ten different receivers caught balls.
"It was easy to get them the ball," Halliday said. "Everybody was wide open."
Washington State (2-1) also got a long interception return for a touchdown from Damante Horton for the second consecutive game.
"Picks come in bunches," Horton said.
Southern Utah (2-1) was scoreless in the second half and gained just 219 yards in the game.
"I was really impressed with the way their offensive line held out and their quarterback was able to sit in there and really slice us up," SUU coach Ed Lamb said.
Dom Williams caught three passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns for WSU. Gabe Marks had seven catches for 83 yards.
Aaron Cantu completed 22 of 30 passes for Southern Utah, but was intercepted three times.
"With the score as it was, we had to throw it a little more than we wanted to," Lamb said.
Washington State was coming off a 10-7 win at Southern California that knocked the Trojans from the Top 25.
Southern Utah beat an FBS team, South Alabama, in its season opener, but had less success against Washington State of the Pacific-12.
Washington State completed passes on its first five plays of the game, the fifth covering 43 yards from Halliday to Williams for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead less than 2 minutes into the contest.
Southern Utah replied with a drive that stalled on the 23, leading to a 40-yard field goal by Colton Cook.
Washington State struck right back with a 61-yard drive that required just five plays, with Isiah Myers catching a 10-yard touchdown pass from Halliday for a 14-3 lead.
Halliday completed his first 10 passes of the game.
After WSU was forced to punt from its own end zone, Southern Utah took possession on WSU's 29. Raysean Martin punched over from the 3-yard line as the Thunderbirds cut WSU's lead to 14-10.
But the Thunderbirds would not score again.
* PORTLAND STATE 43, HUMBOLDT STATE 6: At Portland, Ore., Kieran McDonagh passed for a career-high 377 yards, fueling Portland State to a 43-6 pounding of Division-II Humboldt State.
It makes the second straight week that McDonagh has set a career high. He passed for 308 yards in a narrow loss to Cal, a performance that earned the sophomore Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The Vikings' (2-1) potent offense did not kick in until the second half, breaking open a tight 7-6 contest with three TDs and a safety in the third quarter alone. Portland State finished with 622 total yards. The Vikings lead the FCS in total offence, averaging over 612 yards, after their first two games.
Humboldt State (0-2) stayed close in the first half on Matt Bruder field goals of 32 and 28 yards less than a minute apart in the second quarter.
* IDAHO STATE 29, WESTERN STATE 3: At Pocatello, Idaho, Justin Arias threw for 436 yards, tossed two touchdown passes and ran for a score to lead Idaho State over Western State.
After amassing 439 yards passing for the Bengals (2-0) last week against Dixie State, Arias has now thrown for over 400 yards in each of Idaho State's two games this season.
* MONTANA STATE 26, CSU-MESA 0: At Bozeman, Mont., Jake Bleskin threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns in his debut at quarterback for Montana State leading the Bobcats over Division II Colorado State-Mesa.
Bleskin, who completed 26 of 35 passes and had no interceptions, is filling in for injured senior Denarius McGhee, who separated his shoulder last week against Southern Methodist on the last play of the game.
Junior wide receiver Brian Flotkoetter caught two touchdowns and had five catches for 80 yards for the Bobcats (2-1).
* COLORADO STATE 34, CAL POLY 17: At Fort Collins, Colo., Garrett Grayson threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns and Shaq Barrett blocked two field goals leading Colorado State over Cal Poly.
Grayson was 21-for-30 passing and had no turnovers. Chris Nwoke ran for 133 yards on 19 carries for Colorado State (1-2).
Chris Brown threw for 164 yards, ran for 61 and a touchdown for Cal Poly (1-2). Akaninyene Umoh ran for 54 yards and a TD.
Cal Poly, the co-champions of the Big Sky Conference a year ago, was outgained 533-367.
The game was played as the area was beginning to recover from devastating flooding. Sonny Lubbick Field at Hughes Stadium is located minutes from areas severely hit.
* WYOMING 35, NORTHERN COLORADO 7: At Laramie, Wyo., Brett Smith passed for 264 yards and a touchdown, Shaun Wick rushed for two TDs and the Wyoming defense returned two interceptions for scores as the Cowboys beat Northern Colorado in a game delayed nearly an hour by lightning.
Smith completed 30 of 47 passes with one interception. Dominic Rufran caught nine passes for 87 yards, including a 6-yard TD.
Wick ran 16 times for 87 yards, scoring on runs of 1 and 20 yards.
Wyoming (2-1) also scored its first defensive touchdowns of the season with defensive backs Jordan Stanton and Cortland Fort each recording a pick-6.
Stanton also had 12 tackles and a sack for the Cowboys, who surrendered just 65 rushing yards. Wyoming also blocked a field goal.
Tim Tancik, who stepped in when starting quarterback Seth Lobato injured his shoulder in the third quarter, led the Bears (1-2), completing 16 of 29 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown.