Cougar Defense Comes Up Big In Third Scrimmage

Aug. 20, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State held its third scrimmage of fall camp Wednesday night at Martin Stadium, putting an emphasis on the two-minute offense and executing in overtime situations.

'There were some good things on both sides. I thought there were a few mental errors,' Head Coach Bill Doba said. 'Getting offensive penalties down in the red zone can't happen.

'Matt Kegel's first drive was pretty good. He took them down the field but we had a few dropped passes. He did a good job of adjusting because Sammy Moore and Scott Lunde were out tonight.'

Despite another efficient performance from Kegel, who completed 9 of 15 passes for 110 yards, two defensive plays highlighted the evening.

The first was provided by true freshman linebacker Chris Baltzer, who picked off a pass from high school teammate Alex Brink and raced 90 yards the other direction for a touchdown.

Thorpe Award candidate Jason David finished the session with the only other interception of the night and returned it 66 yards for a score.

Senior Jonathan Smith was the workhouse at running back, rushing for 52 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Junior Lavell Anderson and freshman Kevin McCall combined for 32 yards on seven carries.

Freshman tight end Cody Boyd was the scrimmage's leading receiver, using his 6-8 frame to haul in four passes for 62 yards, including a 37-yard strike from quarterback Josh Swogger.

Junior receiver Devard Darling and sophomore Trandon Harvey each caught two passes for 41 and 39 yards, respectively. Tight end Adam West caught the only touchdown pass, bringing in a ball from Swogger and beating the first-unit defense to the corner of the endzone.

Senior defensive linemen Jeremey Williams and D.D. Acholonu, and freshmen Matt Mullenix all recorded sacks.

Kicker Drew Dunning connected on field goal attempts of 38 and 32 yards, only missing when the offense stalled in the two-minute drill, forcing an unsuccessful 57-yarder.

Sophomore Kyle Basler averaged 40 yards on two punts. Linebacker Al Genatone downed Basler's second attempt at the one-yard line.

The Cougars fourth and final fall scrimmage is Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Martin Stadium.

The Cougars open the season Aug. 30 in Seattle's Seahawk Stadium against Idaho.

Injury Report - Senior offensive guard Billy Knotts suffered a mild concussion and a stinger in Wednesday night's scrimmage. He is expected to return to action for Thursday's 2:30 p.m. practice session.

Scoring - Smith 2 run, West 14 pass, David 66 interception, Baltzer 90 interception.
Rushing - Smith 14/52, Bruhn 6/-4, Darling 1/3, Anderson 2/14, McCall 5/18, Bolton 2/3.
Passing - Kegel 15/9/0/110/0/26, Swogger 14/6/1/74/1/37, Brink 7/5/1/47/0/20.
Receiving - Harvey 2/39, Darling 2/41, Hansell 3/19, Boyd 4/62, Bienemann 1/5, Johnson
2/28, Wet 2/16, Hill 1/-2, Smith 2/10, Murray 1/13.
Interceptions - Baltzer 1/40, David 1/66 (td).
Sacks - Acholonu 1, J. Williams 1, Mullenix 1.

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