No. 25 Cougars fall at home to Arizona

Nov. 4, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Chris Henry ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns on a school-record 35 carries and Arizona limited No. 25 Washington State to 45 yards rushing in the Wildcats' 27-17 victory on Saturday.

Arizona (4-5, 2-4 Pac-10) entered the game last in the conference, averaging 71.4 yards rushing per game. But Henry and Mike Thomas kept the ground game going at critical moments to give Arizona 116 yards rushing.

Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama returned after missing two games because of a concussion, completing 10-of-17 for 159 yards and a touchdown, with an interception.

Wildcats defenders helped set up one score by forcing a fumble and they sacked Alex Brink four times.

Washington State (6-4, 4-3) trailed 20-10 at the half and Brink was without his best receivers, Jason Hill and Michael Bumpus, who sat out the second half with ankle injuries.

Brink, the Pac-10 offensive player of the week after leading WSU to a 37-15 win over UCLA last week, completed 18-of-33 for 265 yards and a touchdown.

The Wildcats struck quickly. On the third play from scrimmage, Tuitama connected with Anthony Johnson over the middle for a 78-yard scoring pass play.

WSU got even when Brandon Gibson got behind the Wildcats secondary and Brink hit him on a 91-yard pass play for a TD midway through the first quarter to make it 7-7.

Romeen Abdollmohamadi's 37-yard field goal put WSU up 10-7.

Henry ran 3 yards to put Arizona up 14-10 to open the second quarter. Henry had a a 22-yard run on the drive and there was a 20-yard pass from Tuitama to Syndric Steptoe.

Nick Folk hit a 48-yard field goal to put Arizona up 17-10 after Brink fumbled and Paul Philipp recovered on the WSU 28.

Folk connected on a 37-yard field goal after WSU muffed a punt snap, putting Arizona up 20-10 at the half.

WSU was heading for a score when Dwight Tardy fumbled at the Arizona 5. Arizona's Spencer Larsen came up with the ball, but fumbled and Sean O'Connor got it back for the Cougars at the 7.

Jed Collins leaped over the pile to score from 1 yard out to put WSU within 20-17.

After Arizona sniffed out a trick play on a punt, Henry bulled in from 6 yards out to score with 2:16 left in the third quarter.

A seventh win would have assured Washington State a bowl invitation for the first time since the 2003 season, when the Cougars beat Texas in the Holiday Bowl and finished ninth.

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