Eugene, OR, United States (4E Sports) – Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti called Washington State coach Mike Leach “low class” after the latter played his starters the entire game and kept on passing down to the final second despite trailing by 38 points heading into the fourth period.
The No. 2 Ducks won the game, 62-38, but Aliotti was stunned why Leach kept his starting crew in the game against Oregon’s scout team.
“I am kind of stunned he would keep his quarterback and crew in there,” Aliotti said.
Also, Aliotti took exception of Leach’s move to keep Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday throwing even with the game was out of reach, to set a new NCAA record in attempts.
Halliday set an NCAA record with 89 attempts, and set an Autzen Stadium record with 557 passing yards, which included a touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining.
Halliday attempted 28 passes in the fourth quarter, completing 18 of them for 158 yards and two touchdowns – both coming after the Ducks had a 62-24 lead. The final touchdown came with 11 seconds left in the game.
“That’s total (B.S.) that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did,” Aliotti said. “And you can print that and you can send it to him, and he can comment, too.”
“I think it’s low class and it’s (B.S.) to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team,” he added.
Aliotti made headlines earlier in the week when he suggested the Cougars “go deep” and try to get the referees to call pass interference.
“The referees always call pass interference because they are horrible, they don’t know how to call a game. They don’t understand it,” Aliotti said.
Oregon attempted 33 passes, the Cougars 89, and no pass interference was called. The Ducks intercepted four Halliday passes, including one by Terrance Mitchell that he returned 51 yards for a touchdown.