Both Sides Look Sharp in Cougars' Final Fall Scrimmage
Aug. 18, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - The offensive and defensive starting units each found the end zone as the Washington State Cougars concluded its third and final fall scrimmage Saturday evening at Martin Stadium.
On the third play of the night, senior quarterback Alex Brink found senior wide receiver Charles Dillon deep down field resulting in a 58-yard touchdown play. On the next possession, with the second-team offense facing the defensive starters, sophomore cornerback Devin Giles stepped in front of a Gary Rogers pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown, the first defensive score in three fall scrimmages.
'We looked quicker tonight, in general the team speed looked quicker than it has been the last few days,' said WSU Head Coach Bill Doba. 'Defensively we made a couple errors in drops so there are a few things we can correct. But there was some pretty good hitting going on tonight.'
Sophomore running back Dwight Tardy capped an 11-play, 60-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run on the second possession for the starting offense. The final touchdown came late in the scrimmage when freshman running back Logwone Mitz broke a tackle at the one and found the end zone.
'Offensively, just like we thought, they moved the ball pretty well,' said Doba. 'I thought Dillon made some nice catches tonight. He makes yards after the catch, he's tough to tackle.'
The big play on the night came from senior running back Kevin McCall who broke off a 78-yard run from his own three during a four-minute drill. McCall finished his evening with 81 yards on four carries. Mitz had five carries for 12 yards and the score.
Through the air Brink was sharp in limited duty. He completed all seven of his attempts, throwing for 121 yards and the score. Cole Morgan was 5 of 8 for 42 yards while freshman Marshall Lobbestael completed 4 of 6 passes for 35 yards.
On the receiving end junior Michael Willis led all players with five receptions for 45 yards, with Dillon hauling in three passes for 76 yards, including the long pass from Brink.
There was only one field goal attempted on the night and it resulted in senior Romeen Abdollmohammadi splitting the uprights on a 52-yard attempt. Earlier in the week Doba announced that Abdollmohammadi had earned a scholarship for his senior year.
'That's kind of neat,' said Doba, referring to his kicker. 'Here's a guy who didn't really kick in high school. He played soccer, hung around, and came out his junior year and bingo. He did it the old fashion way, he earned it.'
The Cougars resume practice Sunday afternoon as they prepare for the season-opener, Sept. 1, at Wisconsin.
Rushing - McCall 4/81, Mitz 5/12 (TD), Brink 1/7, Tardy 5/6 (TD), Campbell 3/3, Richmond 4/2.
Passing - Brink 7/7/0/121/1/58, Rogers 1/8/1/5/0/5, Morgan 5/8/0/42/0/12, Lobbestael 4/6/0/35/0/11.
Receiving - Willis 5/45, Dillon 3/76 (TD), Tardy 2/11, Collins 1/20, Ward 1/13, Mooney 1/11, Anderson 1/8, Selby 1/7, Woodard 1/6, Rabb 1/6.
Scoring - Dillon 58 pass from Brink, Giles 49 interception return, Tardy 1 run, Mitz 1 run.
Interceptions - Giles (49 yards for touchdown).
Sacks - Dunn, Guerra, Eichelberger, Belles, Ahmu, Mullennix.
Punts: Blunt: 47, Forrest 39.
Field Goals: Abdollmohammadi 52 (good).