Cougars Trounce Arizona State 34-19
By JOHN K. WILEY
Associated Press Writer
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Freshman Josh Swogger threw his first collegiatetouchdown to help No. 8 Washington State beat Arizona State 34-19 on Saturday.
Swogger replaced starter Matt Kegel in the second quarter with the game tiedat 10 and led two long scoring drives, keeping the Cougars ahead of No. 2Southern California atop the Pacific-10.
The Cougars (9-2, 6-1 Pac-10) could record their third consecutive 10-winseason with a victory next week over Washington in Seattle. The Sun Devils(4-7, 1-6) are heading to their second losing season in three years under headcoach Dirk Koetter.
Washington State rolled up 402 yards of offense, while the Sun Devilscompiled 322.
Swogger got his first collegiate TD when he hit Devard Darling in the endzone on a 22-yard pass to make it 24-10 just before halftime. Swogger completed14 of 20 passes for 207 yards and a TD.
Kegel, who reinjured his right throwing shoulder last week against UCLA andpracticed sparingly all week, was 5-of-11 for 77 yards and an interception. Hereturned for the game's final two downs.
Arizona State's Andrew Walter threw a 25 yard scoring pass to Derek Hagan,but the Sun Devils were held in check by the Washington State defense, whichhad three sacks and forced three fumbles. He completed 19-of-35 for 262 yardsand an interception.
Hagan had seven catches for 109 yards, while Skyler Fulton hauled in fivepasses for 100 yards.
Kicker Drew Dunning connected on a 32-yard field goal in the third quarterto break Jason Hanson's school record of 64 field goals. Dunning tied therecord with a 31-yarder in the first quarter that put the Cougars up 10-7.
Pat Bennett intercepted a pass from Walter intended for Moey Mutz and ran 39yards for a score to make it 17-10 late in the second quarter.
Swogger hit Darling in the end zone for a 24-10 lead just before halftime.Darling had five catches for 108 yards.
WSU capitalized on an ASU miscue to take the early lead.
Erik Coleman blocked Tim Parker's punt and it was recovered on the ArizonaState 1. Jonathan Smith ran it in on the next play to take a 7-0 lead.
Arizona State replied on the next possession with a 54-yard scoring drive asCornell Canidate rushed from the WSU 1.
Jesse Ainsworth kicked a career-long 47 yard field goal to pull even at 10in the second quarter. He had a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Sun Devils safety Riccardo Stewart sustained a head or neck injury late inthe game and was taken to a hospital for observation. The game was delayed for17 minutes while an ambulance took him off the field.
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