Doba Era Begins With A Bang
Aug 31, 2003
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Jonathan Smith ran 15 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns,and Washington State gave Bill Doba a victory in his coaching debut as theCougars beat rival Idaho 25-0 Saturday night.
Doba joked earlier in the week that he was undefeated and unscored upon as ahead coach, and that's still the case after Washington State warmed up for nextweek's visit to No. 20 Notre Dame.
The longtime defensive assistant was promoted after Mike Price left after 14seasons to take over at Alabama. Doba looked at ease all night, walking thesideline with several laminated cards stuffed into his pockets.
Smith had a great performance, and backup Chris Bruhn added 118 yards onnine carries. The Cougars rushed for 331 yards, their best rushing output sincegaining 318 yards in a 54-14 victory over Montana State in 1993.
It was the 86th meeting between the schools, separated by eight miles on therolling wheat fields of The Palouse. This time, they moved their rivalry 300miles and still drew a crowd of 50,113.
Washington State leads the series 66-17-3 and won its third straight overthe Vandals (0-1).
Last year, the Cougars beat Nevada 31-7 at 67,000-seat Seahawks Stadium andattracted 63,588 fans.
Smith's second TD, on a 2-yard run late in the third quarter, put theCougars ahead 16-0. It was set up when Virgil Williams intercepted a passthrown by Idaho's Michael Harrington, the younger brother of NFL quarterbackJoey Harrington.
Smith broke a 49-yard run early in the second quarter, leading to his 6-yardTD run and a 7-0 lead. It was 10-0 at halftime after Dunning connected on his46-yarder with 1:51 left before the break.
Smith finished the first half with 121 yards rushing on nine carries.
Idaho's Brian Pope missed two first-half field goals, both blocked by6-foot-8 Washington State tight end Cody Boyd. He swatted Pope's 39-yard tryearly in the second quarter and got a hand on a 42-yard attempt at the end ofthe half.