Late Field Goal Propels Washington State Over Baylor, 17-15
Sept. 16, 2006
SEATTLE (AP) - Quarterback Alex Brink caught a third quarter touchdown pass and Loren Langley kicked a 17-yard field goal with 9 seconds left lifting Washington State to a 17-15 win over Baylor on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 15-14 with 5:04 left, Brink, booed repeatedly by the home fans, directed a 14 play, 81-yard drive, capped by Langley's first field goal of the season. The junior was 0-for-2 previously.
Playing at Seattle's Qwest Field for the fifth straight year, the Cougars overcame a sloppy first half of dropped passes and turnovers, and relied on a defense that corralled Baylor's spread offense.
The Bears managed only 68 yards of offense in the second half and quarterback Shawn Bell was sacked five times.
But the Cougars never pulled away and the Bears retook the lead with 5:24 left. Brink hit wide receiver Michael Bumpus on a short pass and as Bumpus tried to spin on defensive back Dwain Crawford, Nick Moore blindsided Bumpus and knocked the ball loose.
Cornerback Anthony Arline scooped up the fumble and returned it 40 yards to give the Bears' a 15-14 lead.
Brink calmly marched the Cougars downfield, converted on third-and-8 early in the drive with a 10-yard completion to Brandon Gibson, and later a 21-yard pass to Jason Hill on third-and-1.
Baylor's defense stiffened near the goal line. On first-and-goal at the 2, DeMaundray Woolridge fumbled but Washington State recovered. Brink then tried two QB sneaks, but was stopped on both attempts and the Cougars' called timeout with 14 seconds left, setting up Langley's kick.
Brink finished 21-for-32 for 251 yards and caught a 4-yard TD from running back Dwight Tardy midway through the third quarter to give the Cougars' a 14-9 lead.
Bell threw a 12-yard TD pass to Justin Fenty - the freshman's first collegiate reception - midway through the first quarter to give Baylor a 9-0 lead. The Bears got a safety when Tony Thompson's snap went over punter Darryl Blunt's head and out of the end zone.
Brink started strong, completing seven of his first eight passes, but was just 1-of-8 in the second quarter, and was replaced near the end of the half by sophomore backup Gary Rogers. much to the delight of the student section that was chanting for the backup.
Washington State coaches have been trying to get Rogers a series or two in each game and the 6-foot-7 Rogers hasn't disappointed.
Rogers entered with 5:23 left in the half after Baylor's James Todd had a punt hit him in the back while trying to make a block and the Cougars' Brian Hall recovered at the Baylor 34.
In three plays, Rogers had the Cougars in the end zone, throwing a 13-yard TD strike to Jason Hill and cutting the Bears' lead to 9-7. Rogers has now led the Cougars to a TD on his first series in all three games.