Cougars Edge Wildcats 20-19
Sept. 25, 2004
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Swogger, ignoring a partially torn tendon in hisknee, rallied Washington State twice with fourth-quarter touchdown passes toJason Hill and the Cougars opened Pac-10 play with a 20-19 win over Arizona onSaturday.
The Wildcats (1-3) forced five fumbles and recovered four to nearly make upfor their weak offense, but gave the game away when Gilbert Harris fumbled with1:15 left while they were trying to protect a 19-14 lead.
Hamza Abdullah recovered on the Arizona 28, and Swogger covered the distancein three plays, connecting with Hill for a 15-yard TD with 53 seconds to go.Swogger's pass for a two-point conversion was knocked down, but time ran outwith the Wildcats deep in their own territory.
Jerome Harrison scored the first TD for Washington State (3-1) on a 2-yardrun.
Kris Heavner threw 47- and 23-yard scoring passes for Arizona, the secondlifting the Wildcats to a 19-14 lead with 3:52 to play.
Swogger, who had four TD passes last week before tearing his right posteriorcruciate ligament in a 49-8 win over Idaho, played with a bulky brace on hisknee. He had a 43-yard scoring toss to Hill with 13:22 left in the fourthquarter for a 14-13 lead.
Arizona took a 13-7 lead into the final quarter thanks mostly to strongdefense. Linebacker Sean Jones recovered two fumbles and caused another,leading to one of Nick Folk's two field goals.