Cougars Crush Portland State, 48-9

Sept. 20, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Third-string quarterback Marshall Lobbestael came off the bench to throw two touchdown passes and Washington State crushed Portland State 48-9 on Saturday for its first win of the season and first under new coach Paul Wulff.

The game was costly for Washington State (1-3), which saw starting quarterback Kevin Lopina and backup Gary Rogers both knocked out with injuries. Rogers was taken off the field by an ambulance after complaining of neck pains.

Portland State (1-2), a Championship Subdivision member of the Big Sky Conference, came in averaging nearly 400 passing yards, but could generate little offense against the Cougars of the Pacific-10.

Lobbestael, a redshirt freshmen, came in after Rogers was carried off the field with 11:09 left in the third. He threw touchdown passes on the next two possessions and finished 9-for-12 for 149 yards.

Washington State is 14-0 against opponents from the FCS, although this is the first time they played Portland State. The win allowed the Cougars to avoid becoming the first WSU team to start the season with four losses since 1999.

Portland State, which throws the ball about 75 percent of the time under coach Jerry Glanville, got just 238 yards through the air as a steady rain made the ball slippery. Washington State had 638 yards of offense.

On the first play from scrimmage, Portland State quarterback Drew Hubel threw the ball to WSU linebacker Hallston Higgins. Chris Ivory later scored on a 5-yard run and the Cougars led 7-0.

Portland State had a bizarre drive that was kept alive by three WSU penalties - personal foul, pass interference and holding - but netted only a 23-yard field goal by Danny Urrego.

Dwight Tardy scored on a 1-yard run on WSU's next possession for a 14-3 lead after one quarter.

The only scoring in the second quarter was Nico Grasu's 26-yard field goal that gave WSU a 17-3 lead.

Lopina suffered a bruised right shoulder during a sack by Eloka Anyaorah with 3:03 left in the first half, and was replaced by Rogers.

On the first possession of the second half, Brandon Gibson caught a short pass from Rogers and got through the PSU defense for a 43-yard touchdown and a 24-3 lead.

Rogers went down after a shot to the helmet that drew a roughing-the-passer penalty with 11:09 left in the third. He was taken off the field by an ambulance.

Lobbestael replaced him and on the second play threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jeshua Anderson for a 31-3 WSU lead. He hit Devin Frischknecht for another touchdown on the next possession, and Grasu added a field goal as the Cougars built a 41-3 lead.

Rogers was struck in the helmet by Portland State defender Aaron Dickson after he threw a pass. Rogers was on the ground for about 15 minutes.

All the players from both teams went to the ambulance and stood as medical personnel worked on Rogers and prepared to place him on a stretcher.

He complained of neck pains and was taken to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

Rogers began the season as the starter before being replaced by Lopina prior to the third game.

Portland State has lost all seven times it has played Pac-10 teams.

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