Cougar Football Soundly Thrashes Boise St., 41-20

Sept 9, 2001

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Jason Gesser threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns,including two to Nakoa McElrath, as Washington State beat Boise State 41-20 onSaturday night, ending the Broncos' 14-game homefield winning streak.

The Cougars (2-0) also spoiled the home debut of new Boise State coach DanHawkins. The Broncos (0-2), moving this season from the Big West to the WesternAthletic Conference, fell to 0-8 against Pac-10 opponents.

Gesser threw TD passes of 7 and 25 yards to McElrath in the opening quarterand McElrath teamed with wide receiver Collin Henderson on a 71-yard scoringpass in the third.

Henderson took a lateral from Gesser in the backfield near WashingtonState's 25, then threw deep to a wide-open McElrath. He made the catch nearBoise State's 20 and ran in to give the Cougars a 41-13 lead.

Linebacker Raonall Smith broke the game open for Washington State midwaythrough third quarter by intercepting a pass by Boise State's Ryan Dinwiddieand running 54 yards for a touchdown and a 34-6 lead.

McElrath had eight catches for 210 yards. Gesser was 18-of-27 without aninterception.

After the Cougars took a 14-6 lead on McElrath's two early scores, Gesseradded a 65-yard TD pass to Mike Bush. Backup quarterback Matt Kegel added a1-yard touchdown run for a 28-6 halftime lead.

Boise State's only first-half score came on a 66-yard pass from Dinwiddie toLou Fanucchi.

Dinwiddie, elevated to starter this season, threw for 314 yards and threetouchdowns. He found David Mikell with a 47-yard scoring pass in the thirdquarter and Jay Swillie with a 6-yard TD in the final period.

Swillie had seven catches for 124 yards and Fannuci caught five passes for102 yards.

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