Washington State Scores Early And Often, Downs Idaho, 36-7

Associated Press Writer

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Jason Gesser threw for 246 yards and three touchdownsand Dave Minnich rushed for a touchdown as Washington State beat Idaho, 36-7,Thursday night.

Washington State (1-0), the Pacific-10 Conference visitor in Martin Stadiumunder a stadium-sharing agreement, rolled to a 20-0 halftime lead and avoided athird consecutive loss to the Vandals (0-1) of the Sun Belt Conference.

Gesser, who completed 15 of 26 attempts before leaving early in the fourthquarter, hit Nakoa McElrath on scoring passes of 5 and 35 yards in the thirdquarter. McElrath caught 10 passes for 141 yards, both career highs.

Trandon Harvey caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Gesser with three minutesleft in the first half to put the Cougars up 20-0. Minnich, who rushed 23 timesfor 127 yards, scored earlier on a slashing 30 yard run.

The Cougars' defense frustrated Idaho quarterback John Welsh, who completed12 of 26 attempts for 66 yards.

Idaho was held scoreless until 3:11 remained in the third period, when ChrisLacy caught a 4-yard pass from Welsh.

WSU's Drew Dunning hit field goals of 26, 27 and 32 yards.

Washington State wide receiver Mike Bush dives and makes a catch thrown by Jason Gesser while Idaho's Antjuan Tolbert attempts to block the pass during the third quarter of Thursday's game.
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