Washington State Edges Washington In Annual Cross-State Classic, 28-25

Nov. 20, 2004



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By JOHN K. WILEY
Associated Press Writer

PULLMAN, Wash. - Alex Brink threw two touchdown passes and ran foranother score, and Washington State ended a seven-year drought in the Apple Cupby edging Washington 28-25 Saturday in Keith Gilbertson's last game as Huskiescoach.

Washington State (5-6, 3-5 Pac-10) overcame early turnovers and withstood alate Huskies' rally. Washington (1-10, 0-8) went winless in conference play forthe first time since 1973, when they were 2-9 and 0-7 in league.

Gilbertson, who announced his resignation three weeks ago, ended histwo-year stint as Rick Neuheisel's replacement with a record of 7-16.

Cougars fans celebrated in Martin Stadium after the win, which capped adisappointing season for Washington State. The Cougars lost startingquarterback Josh Swogger after the sixth game with a broken foot.

Brink, a redshirt freshman who replaced Swogger, completed 15 of 24 for 240yards and two touchdowns.


Washington back-up quarterback Isaiah Stanback is tackled by Ropati Pitoitua as Will Derting (51) looks on. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


Jerome Harrison rushed for 135 yards on 26 carries for the Cougars, keepingWashington's defense from concentrating on Brink.

The Cougars, meanwhile, sacked Washington quarterbacks four times and hadthree interceptions.

Casey Paus was replaced by Isaiah Stanback after throwing his thirdinterception in the third quarter. Stanback responded with a 1-yard scoring runto cap a 51-yard drive to cut WSU's lead to 28-17, then added a 39-yard td id='content' passto Craig Chambers in the final quarter to pull within three.

Paus completed 10 of 24 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Stanbackfinished with five completions and eight attempts for 100 yards and twotouchdowns.

Scott Davis sacked Paus, who fumbled on the Washington 19, and WSUlinebacker Will Derting fell on the fumble in the end zone, giving the Cougarsa 21-10 halftime score.

Washington scored first after Greg Prator fumbled the opening kickoff andC.J. Wallace recovered on the WSU 11. Four plays later, Evan Knudson hit a19-yard field goal.

Washington State's first score came after Karl Paymah intercepted Paus' passat the Washington 47. Brink hit Troy Bienemann on a 6-yard scoring strikemidway through the first quarter.

Joe Toledo grabbed a 4-yard scoring pass from Paus to put Washington up 10-7with about 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Brink put the Cougars up for good, 14-10, with a 1-yard scoring sneak afteran 82 yard drive.

Washington's top rusher, tailback Kenny James, went down with an unspecifiedinjury in the first quarter.

Chambers caught four passes for 100 yards for the Huskies.

Washington State's last win over Washington was a 41-35 victory in 1997 thatclinched the Pac-10 title for the Cougars.

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