Football Powers Past Nevada, 55-21

Sept. 9, 2005

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Alex Brink passed for three touchdowns, Michael Bumpus scored on an 87-yard punt return and Jerome Harrison and DeMaundry Woolridge combined for 254 yards rushing in Washington State's 55-21 victory over Nevada on Friday night.

Eric Frampton returned an interception 36 yards for the opening touchdown and Washington State sacked Nevada quarterback Jeff Rowe five times in the first half to help the Cougars (2-0) take a 27-0 halftime lead.

Caleb Spencer scored on a 21-yard pass from Rowe in the third quarter for Nevada (0-1), but Brink answered with a 22-yard TD pass to Hill to make it 34-7 at 10:27 in the third quarter.

Brink was 15-of-23 for 202 yards, including two touchdowns to Hill, who had five catches for 92 yards.

Woolridge, a freshman, came off the bench to run for 133 yards on 15 carries, including a 1-yard score and a 70-yard run from scrimmage late in the game. Harrison carried 18 times for 121 yards, his fifth game in a row over the 100-yard mark.

Nevada's top receiver Nichiren Flowers, a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference selection last year, was benched the first half for disciplinary reasons and caught only two passes the second half for 20 yards.

Rowe completed 19 of 32 passes for 219 yards. B.J. Mitchell led Nevada's rushers with 59 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown run late in the game, and Spencer finished with seven catches for 126 yards.

Bumpus, who returned five punts for 157 yards, took one 21 yards to Nevada's 44 late in the first quarter. Four plays later, Brink found tight end Troy Bienemann open in the end zone for an 18-yard score and a 14-0 lead.

Loren Langley's 18-yard field goal made it 17-0 at 9:51 in the second quarter. A few minutes later, on third-and-9 from his own 2, Brink threw over the middle to Hill for a 47-yard gain and then hit him with a 6-yard TD pass to cap a 99-yard scoring drive for a 24-0 lead at 3:33 in the second quarter.

A 29-yard punt return by Bumpus helped set up Langley's field goal from 27 yards 22 seconds before the half.

Bumpus' 87-yard touchdown return at 9:30 in the third quarter was the longest punt return in school history, breaking the record of 81 that both Rick Reed and Mark Williams set against San Jose State in 1968. It was Bumpus' third punt return for a touchdown, tying Washington State's career mark.

Josh Swogger came off the bench to throw a 44-yard TD pass to freshman Brandon Gibson to push Washington State's lead to 48-7 with 4:36 left in the third quarter.

After Mitchell's touchdown, Robert Hubbard scored on a 3-yard run to cut it to 48-21 with 12:51 left in the game before Woolridge scored with 7:12 left.

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