No. 6 Cougars Slip By Beavers
By JOHN K. WILEY
Associated Press Writer
PULLMAN, Wash. - Matt Kegel threw three touchdown passes, two to ScottLunde in the fourth quarter, and Jonathan Smith scored twice as No. 6Washington State rallied to beat Oregon State 36-30 on Saturday.
Kegel was 21-of-40 for 305 yards, but threw five interceptions - one morethan he had in the Cougars' previous seven games this season - and also losttwo fumbles.
Oregon State's Mitch Meeuwsen had three interceptions, one that he returned45 yards for the Beavers' first score.
Washington State (7-1, 4-0) held Pacific-10 Conference rushing leader StevenJackson to fewer than 100 yards for the second consecutive week, but Cougarsmiscues kept the Beavers in the game. Jackson had 85 yards on 28 carries, butthe Beavers (5-3, 2-2) were held to just 15 net yards rushing.
Kirk Yliniemi kicked field goals of 51, 35, 41 and 35 yards for the Beavers,who had hoped to bounce back from a 38-17 loss to Washington last week inCorvallis, Ore.
The win sets the stage for a Pac-10 Conference showdown next weekend betweenWashington State and Southern California.
Oregon State's Derek Anderson was 16-of-42 for 276 yards and was interceptedtwice.
Washington State jumped to a 14-0 lead, but the Beavers stormed back for a25-14 halftime lead.
Trailing 14-7, Oregon State scored 18 straight points in the final 5:18 ofthe second quarter after Kegel's two fumbles and a sack in the end zone for asafety - the first of two safeties by the Beavers. Anderson connected on a66-yard scoring pass to Mike Haas to give the Beavers a 22-14 lead.
Lunde finished with 110 yards on eight catches. His second TD catch, with 10minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, put Washington State back on top,29-28.
Smith ran 2 yards for the Cougars' first score, then added a 22-yard scoringrun in the fourth quarter.
Kegel also hit Devard Darling with a 16-yard scoring pass.
Cougars punter Kyle Basler took a knee in the end zone to run out the clock,giving the Beavers their second safety.