Cougars Crush Colorado!
Sept 13, 2003
By JOHN MOSSMAN
AP Sports Writer
BOULDER, Colo. - Sammy Moore caught a 74-yard touchdown pass andreturned a kickoff 97 yards for another score as Washington State used bigplays to beat No. 17 Colorado 47-26 on Saturday.
The Cougars (2-1), who led 23-13 at halftime, scored 24 straight points inthe first 6:39 of the third quarter to forge a 47-13 lead. Two of those scorescame off turnovers by Colorado (2-1).
Matt Kegel threw three touchdown passes for Washington State, including a77-yarder to Scott Lunde, and cornerback Jason David returned an interception41 yards for another TD.
Colorado backup Erik Greenberg, replacing injured starter Joel Klatt, threwfor three scores. Klatt missed two series in the first half after bruising histhrowing shoulder and departed for good after reinjuring the shoulder on a sackby linebacker Don Jackson early in the third quarter.
Washington State seized the momentum on the first play of the second half.Moore fumbled the kickoff near the goal line, but picked it up and sprinted tohis left and down the sideline for a 97-yard scoring return.
After a Colorado punt, WSU needed just five plays to score again. JonathanSmith broke six tackles en route to a 26-yard run off the right side.
Two plays later, Klatt was sacked by Jackson and fumbled, giving the Cougarspossession at the Colorado 12. Kegel promptly hit Devard Darling on a 12-yardscoring pass.
Three plays later, safety Erik Coleman intercepted Greenberg and returned 14yards to the Colorado 25, setting up Drew Dunning's 39-yard field goal for a47-13 lead.
Greenberg capped a 73-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard TD pass to DerekMcCoy late in the quarter, then added a 2-yard TD pass to Joe Klopfenstein.
The Cougars, rebounding from a 29-26 overtime loss to Notre Dame last weekin which they squandered a 19-0 lead, took a 20-6 first-quarter lead on twolong TD passes and David's interception return.
Less than five minutes into the game, Kegel threw over the middle to a wideopen Moore, who broke two tackles near midfield and completed a 74-yard scoringplay.
Colorado countered barely a minute later. Klatt threw a 33-yard pass toJeremy Bloom, setting up a 3-yard toss to Klopfenstein, but Mason Crosby'sextra-point attempt was blocked by Steve Cook.
The Cougars added two touchdowns just 1:24 apart late in the quarter.
On third-and-3, Lunde slipped past the secondary and caught Kegel's pass atthe 50 for a 77-yard scoring play. Dunning's PAT hit the left upright.
Greenberg replaced Klatt on the next series and, on his fourth play, threwinto the left flat, where he was intercepted by David, who returned 41 yardsfor a touchdown.
Greenberg got the Buffs within a touchdown early in the second quarter,hitting McCoy on a 46-yard scoring pass.
The Cougars made it 23-13 on Dunning's 43-yard field goal with less than twominutes left in the half.
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