Dunning Kicks Cougars To Win

Sept 20, 2003

Associated Press Writer

PULLMAN, Wash. - Drew Dunning kicked a school-record five field goalsas No. 24 Washington State beat New Mexico 23-13 Saturday.

The Cougars (3-1) had a difficult time figuring out the Lobos' defense anddidn't score a touchdown until late in the third quarter, when quarterback MattKegel pushed across from the 1-yard line.

It was the first TD in five tries inside New Mexico's 20 as the Lobos dug inon defense and Washington State was backed up by penalties.

Kegel was ineffective in the red zone, but completed 29 of 42 passes for 346yards without an interception. The Cougars got 27 first downs to New Mexico's12 and held the Lobos to just 22 yards rushing.

The Lobos (1-3) took a 13-12 lead just before the half after the Cougarswere forced to punt and Casey Kelly hit Dwight Counter with a 50-yard touchdownpass down the right sideline.

Kelly, who completed 16 of 32 for 214 and a touchdown, caught anothertouchdown pass for the Lobos' first score in the second quarter.

Trailing 9-0, Kelly handed off to wide receiver Terrence Thomas, who threw atouchdown pass back across the field to his wide-open quarterback. Wes Zunker'sextra point attempt was blocked.

The Cougars settled for four field goals in the first half after failing toscore three times inside the New Mexico 6. Dunning hit from 37, 36, 23, 21 and49 yards.

Cougars starting running back Jonathan Smith was sidelined with a concussionin the first quarter, but was cleared to play after the half, finishing with 30yards on 13 carries.

Lobos tailback DonTrell Moore gained only 21 yards on 11 carries.

Smith was starting in place of regular starter Jermaine Green, who missedpractices this week with an undisclosed illness, but led the Cougars with 48yards rushing as a reserve. Backup Chris Bruhn gained 43 yards on nine carries.

Washington State was hit with a dozen penalties for 118 yards, including acouple of costly unsportsmanlike conduct calls after Kelly had been sacked.

Kegel's favorite target was Devard Darling, who caught nine passes for 117yards. Sammy Moore caught five for 98 yards and had 61 return yards, includingone for 48 yards.

Adrian Boyd caught eight passes for 100 yards to lead the Lobos.

It was the fifth time in six years New Mexico started its season with a 1-3record.

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