The Chess Match

PULLMAN — There was no need for a crystal ball Saturday to determine what influenced the thinking of <b>Mike Price</b> and <b>Tom Holmoe</b> earlier in the week as they prepared their respective clubs for the opening of the Pac-10 season against each other.

The Cougars travel to Tucson next Saturday for a 7 pm showdown with Arizona's Wildcats. Like the Cougars, the Cats are 3-0 on the season. Their wins have come against San Diego State, Idaho and UNLV. Former Cougar linebacker and radio color commentator Scott Pelluer is the Cats' linebackers coach.

First Quarter

WSU: FG Dunning 38, 11:51
Cal: Arnold 45 pass from Boller
  (Jensen kick), 9:00
Cal: FG Jensen 45, 5:43

Second Quarter
WSU: FG Dunning 23, 13:05
Cal: FG Jensen 20, 9:49
WSU: Riley 41 pass from Gesser
  (Dunning kick), 7:46
WSU: FG Dunning 37, 1:56

Third Quarter
WSU: McElrath 18 pass from
  Gesser (Dunning kick), 11:52
WSU: Bush 47 pass from Gesser
  (Dunning kick), 8:49
WSU: McElrath 4 pass from
  Gesser (Dunning kick), 3:23

Fourth Quarter
Cal: Williams 15 pass from
  Boller (Jensen kick), 14:18
WSU: Minnich 2 run (Dunning
  kick), 8:10
WSU: Thompson 6 run (Dunning
  kick), 4:52

Cal: Williams 7-63, Boller 6-6,
  Holtfreter 2-6, Currin 1-6.
WSU: Minnich 17-69, Thompson
  10-42, Anderson 1-6, Tippins

Cal: Holtfreter 10-27-1-161,
  Boller 10-22-1-135.
WSU: Gesser 19-43-1-432,
  Kegel 2-2-53, Ena 2-2--28.

Cal: Arnold 8-125, Fields 3-9,
  Prelle 2-61, Currin 2-34.
WSU: McElrath 9-163, Bush
  5-144, Riley 3-124, Minnich
  3-29, Mayfield 1-25, Baldwin
  1-22, Douglas 1-6.


   Cal  WSU
First downs 18 30
Rushes-yds 27-71 36-92
Passing 296 513
Comp-Att-Int 20-49-2 23-47-1
Return Yds 91 63
 Punts-Avg. 8-43 5-42
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 0-0
Penalties-Yds 12-118 7-65
Time of
 28:59 31:01

Cal entered the game without having registered a sack or an interception this season.

Hard to believe, but true. The school that produced the likes of Andre Carter and Deltha O'Neal was all goose eggs in those oh-so-critical measures of stopability.

Price knew it. Holmoe knew it. And, most assuredly, the Cougar offense and Bear defense knew it.

Stats like that are enough to make a quarterback drool.

So it was no surprise that Jason Gesser opened this sun-drenched afternoon with four straight passes. He completed the first three a 25-yarder to Mike Bush, a 7-yarder to Nakoa McElrath and a 23-yard screen to David Minnich before Drew Dunning capped off the march with a 38-yard field goal.

No matter that the Cougs settled for a trey. The drive was like clock work. Just what the oddsmakers

Cougfan Top Stories