Defense Dominates In Second Football Scrimmage

April 14, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State football scrimmaged for over two hours Saturday morning on the first sunny day of spring practice. The defense dominated as there were only two scoring opportunities converted.

Collin Henderson scored first for the Cougars on a 49-yard catch from Jason Gesser. Gesser led the quarterbacks today throwing for 155 yards, while Henderson led the receivers with 91 yards on five catches.

The offense's only other points came from a 37-yard field goal by Drew Dunning.

Dave Minnich again led the rushing efforts with 37 yards on seven carries, although he didn't get as many reps. Head coach Mike Price said that both Minnich and Gesser are having an excellent spring in addition to a number of defensive players.

'I was very pleased with the way the secondary played the ball,' Price said.

The defense was making it tough on the receivers knocking passes down or out, including three break-ups by Jason David and two by Billy Newman. Rien Long blocked a field goal attempt and Marcus Trufant grabbed the only interception of the day.

'I was pleased with the intensity of the scrimmage,' Price said. 'We ran over 100 plays, this was a hard scrimmage and we got through it with no major injuries.'

Scoring summary - Henderson caught for 49 yards from Gesser, Dunning with a 37-yard field goal.Rushing - Minnich 7/37, Tippins 13/29, Nguae 5/14, Anderson 8/13, Hawkins 4/11, Thielbahr 1/5, Lunde 1/2, Kegel 1/(-1), Dennison 2/(-11).Passing (Att/Comp/Int/Yds/TD/Long) - Gesser 23/11/0/155/49, Kegel 23/7/0/55/13, Travis 6/3/0/24/10, Dennison 6/4/0/22/12, Ena 9/2/1/13/11.Receiving - Henderson 5/91, McElrath 5/49, McKenchie 5/32, Mizin 2/20, Bush 2/15, Buchanan 2/14, White 1/11, Thielbahr 2/11, Minnich 1/7, Tippins 1/4, Ahlberg 1/4, Anderson 1/2.

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