Washington State Wins Shootout With Stanford, 45-39
Oct 13, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Washington State didn't flinch after falling behindat the start of the fourth quarter.
The undefeated Cougars simply took control of the ball, then of the game ina 45-39 victory over No. 23 Stanford on Saturday.
Jason Gesser threw two touchdown passes as the Cougars (6-0, 4-0 Pac-10) wonat Stanford for the first time since 1988.
Washington State took the lead on Mike Bush's 11-yard touchdown catch midwaythrough the fourth quarter. The scoring play capped an 18-play, 86-yard drivethat sliced 6:38 off the clock.
'We had been trying to do different things and it wasn't working,' Gessersaid. 'In the fourth quarter, we just decided to spread things out and itstarted to pay off.'
Gesser passed for 178 yards, and John Tippins rushed for 75 yards, 39 in thefinal period.
'We got into a huddle and said let's drive the ball down the field and endthis,' Tippins said. 'We just wanted to go in and move the chains.'
Brian Allen ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns for Stanford (2-1,3-1), which had a five-game winning streak dating to last year snapped.
Allen, who moved into the top 10 on Stanford's career rushing list, becamethe first runner to gain 100 yards or more against the Cougars, who entered thegame with the nation's seventh-best rush defense. Stanford gained 219 yards onthe ground, just 80 less than Washington State allowed in its previous fivegames.
Washington State held the ball for 12:16 of the fourth quarter on twodrives, as Drew Dunning added a 26-yard field goal with 1:03 left to play toend a 13-play, 58-yard drive.
Stanford quarterback Randy Fasani, who left the game with an injury late inthe third quarter, but returned in the fourth. He threw for 202 yards and twotouchdowns.
'This is the toughest loss I ever had,' Fasani said. 'We were going to goundefeated. They brought more pressure than we're used to seeing in the finaltwo minutes and that made me make some bad decisions.'
Washington State played without its leading rusher, Dave Minnick, whoinjured his right knee last week against Oregon State.
'I think this team is for real because we won and we're not at fullstrength,' Cougars coach Mike Price said.
Allen put Stanford ahead 39-35, racing 17 yards for a score on the finalplay of the third quarter.
Stanford pulled to 35-32 on Allen's 1-yard run out midway through the thirdquarter, then ran in for the 2-point conversion. The touchdown was set up byLuke Powell's 42-yard punt return to the Cougars 6.
Both teams scored on their first possession.
Stanford took the opening kickoff and drove 71 yards in 11 plays,culminating with a 10-yard scoring pass from Fasani to tight end Darin Naatjes,who caught his first pass of the season.
'It felt good at the time,' said Naatjes, 'but the bottom line iswinning. Everything else is secondary.'
Fasani helped keep the drive going when he scrambled for 20 yards to theCougars 10 on a third-and-9 play.
Washington State responded with 21 straight points, including an eight-play,75-yard drive that tied the score. Gesser found Mark Baldwin for a 9-yardtouchdown pass.
Jeremy Williams recovered a Stanford fumble on the Cardinal 25 to set upWashington State's go-ahead score, a 1-yard run by freshman Allen Thompson.
Flanker Colin Henderson then took a lateral from Gesser and completed a62-yard pass to Bush, a starter for Washington State's basketball team, to putthe Cougars up 21-7. Henderson had completed a 71-yard touchdown pass to NakoaMcElrath against Boise State in his only other attempt of the season.
Allen, who rushed for 75 yards in the first half, scored on a 17-yard runlate in the first quarter, and Naatjes caught his second touchdown pass, 18yards from Fasani, early in the second quarter as Stanford tied the score at21.
The Cougars then turned two turnovers into a pair of touchdowns. JeremyBohannon returned a blocked punt four yards for a score and Billy Newmanreturned an interception - just Fasani's second of the year - for 54 yards foranother score.
Mike Biselli's 35-yard field goal just before halftime brought Stanford to35-24.