Cougars Drop Montana State Despite Losing Gesser
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jermaine Green ran for two touchdowns and caughtanother as No. 16 Washington State beat Division I-AA Montana State 45-28Saturday.
Cougars standout Jason Gesser left the game in the third quarter afterinjuring his upper ribs and the shoulder of his right, throwing arm.
Gesser went to the locker room with Washington State (3-1) leading 31-7. Hedid not return, and was taken to the hospital for X-rays.
Montana State quarterback Tyler Thomas completed 26 of 45 passes for 290yards, three touchdowns and an interception. His favorite target was JuniorAdams, who caught 11 passes for 181 yards and two TDs. Aaron Hill caught fivepasses for 43 yards and a touchdown for the Bobcats (2-2).
Green, a backup who has practiced sparingly because of a knee injury, ranfor 123 yards on 25 carries. He also caught three passes for 29 yards.
Devard Darling caught two touchdowns from Gesser, who completed 10 of 15passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns before being knocked out of the game.
Gesser's arm was apparently yanked backward as he attempted to throw whilebeing sacked.
Matt Kegel took over for Gesser and led the Cougars on a 75-yard scoringdrive. Kegel left the game with a right knee injury and Chris Hurd took over inthe fourth quarter.
Washington State played with a patched-up offensive line because of injuriesto starters, but managed 405 yards of offense.
Montana State scored first on a 5-yard TD pass from Thomas to Hill. TheBobcats stayed close in the first half, gaining 131 yards to the Cougars 139,but were kept out of the end zone.
As they did in last year's 53-28 win, the Cougars started slowly, trailing7-3 at the end of the first quarter. But Gesser's 33-yard touchdown pass toDarling and Green's two 2-yard scoring runs put them ahead.
Ryan Johnson also scored on a 3-yard TD run for the Bobcats. He finishedwith 70 yards on 11 carries.
By JOHN K. WILEY
Associated Press Writer