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AUBURN, Ala. -- The Washington State football team held its own in a visit to SEC country, but couldn't quite come up with a victory Saturday.

The Cougars marched into Auburn territory twice in the fourth quarter, but couldn't muster the needed score and lost 31-24 in their season opener.

One of those fourth-quarter chances ended when Connor Halliday had a pass picked off in the end zone by the Tigers' Robenson Therezie. After an Auburn fumble, the Cougs couldn't convert a fourth down at the Tigers' 27-yard line.

It was a back-and-forth game that saw WSU score first and lead 21-15 midway through the second quarter.

Halliday connected on 35 of 65 passes for 344 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Auburn countered with a strong running game that tallied 297 yards.

For more on this game, see Sunday's Tribune.