No. 13 Cougars Take Sun Bowl Title Over Boilermakers, 33-27
Dec. 31, 2001
By CHRIS ROBERTS
Associated Press Writer
EL PASO, Texas - Jason Gesser passed for 281 yards and ran for atouchdown Monday to help Washington State rally in the second half for a 33-27victory over Purdue in the Sun Bowl.
No. 13 Washington State (10-2) trailed 20-17 at halftime, but the Cougarsheld Purdue scoreless in the second half until the final two minutes.
Purdue (6-6) drew to 33-27 with 1:53 left and recovered the ensuing onsidekick. The Boilermakers drove to the Washington State 22 before turning the ballover on downs.
Drew Dunning hit four of four field goal attempts and Nakoa McElrath caughtfive passes for 116 yards as the Cougars won their first bowl game in sevenyears.
Purdue freshman Kyle Orton was 38 of 74 for 419 yards passing and twotouchdowns, but was intercepted four times. Taylor Stubblefield caught ninepasses for 196 yards and two touchdowns, and John Standeford caught 12 passesfor 103 yards for the Boilermakers.
Purdue was gaining momentum in the second quarter when Orton threw a 65-yardpass to Stubblefield that put the Boilermakers on the Washington State 3-yardline.
Orton threw to Stubblefield again for a touchdown with 1:56 left in the halfto tie the score at 17.
The Cougars went three-and-out and Purdue drove to the Washington State 33where Travis Dorsch kicked a 50-yard field goal with 37 seconds left to givethe Boilermakers the halftime lead.
Washington State's defense put up the first points in the game when JasonDavid intercepted a pass and ran it back 45 yards with 13:10 left in the firstquarter. The Cougars struck again in the first quarter when Gesser hit MikeBush on a 46-yard pass to make it 14-0.
Purdue scored 20 points in the second quarter. The Boilermakers got theirfirst score with 12:54 left in the half on Montrell Lowe's 1-yard run.
The Cougars scored first in the second half and never trailed again afterDunning kicked a 34-yard field goal with 13:23 left in the third quarter, whichtied the score at 20. Gesser ran for a touchdown from the 1 with 3:04 left inthe third quarter to give the Cougars a 27-20 lead.
Neither team mounted much of a rushing attack with Purdue running for 32times for 55 yards and Washington State 27 times for 81 yards.
The Cougars' last bowl win came in 1994, when they beat Baylor 10-3 in theAlamo Bowl.