Washington State Declaws Wildcats 30-7
Washington State (5-1, 2-0 Pac-10) dominated Arizona in the Wildcats' firstgame since head coach John Mackovic was fired last Sunday. Mike Hankwitz iscoaching the team on an interim basis.
The Cougars rolled up 513 yards of offense to Arizona's 198. AlthoughWashington State had a 294-65 advantage in yards, the Cougars held only a 13-0halftime lead.
Washington State held Arizona (1-5, 0-2) to just 65 yards rushing and theWildcats were 0-13 in third-down conversions. The Cougars, who interceptedseven passes last week against Oregon, were able to grab only one against theWildcats.
Kegel completed 18 of 32 passes for 315 yards, spreading passes among ninereceivers. He was intercepted once.
He hit Devard Darling for an 84 yard scoring pass play in the first quarter,then connected with running back Jonathan Smith for an 11-yard scoring pass inthe fourth quarter.
The Cougars scored twice in the fourth quarter.
David stepped in front of a pass from Kris Heavner to Gilbert Harris andraced 34 yards to the end zone.
Kegel completed Washington State's scoring when he hit Smith in the end zoneon an 11-yard pass. The drive started after Mike Bell fumbled on the Arizona 20and Eric Coleman recovered at the 19.
Drew Dunning hit field goals of 22, 38 and 23 yards in front of a homecomingcrowd of 34,923.
The Cougars' first touchdown came from the Washington State 16, when Kegelhit Darling in stride down the right sideline and the 6-foot-3 junior steppedover an Arizona defender and raced for the score.
Arizona didn't score until the third quarter, when Nic Costa hit Matt Padronwith a 5-yard scoring pass to complete a 58-yard drive. The Wildcats gainedpossession after Washington State's Chris Bruhn fumbled.
Bruhn was filling in for Smith, who sprained his left ankle just before thehalf, and Jermaine Green, who bruised a rib early in the game.
Heavner completed 18 of 35 passes for 128 yards.
Arizona's defense deprived the Cougars of a score at the start of the secondquarter. Michael Jolivette stepped in front of Kegel's pass in the end zone tospoil a 64-yard drive.
Washington State's defense did not record a sack for the first time in 23games.
The Cougars were hit with a dozen penalties for 89 yards, several negatinglong gains. Arizona was flagged four times for 38 yards.
By JOHN K.WILEY
Associated Press Writer
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