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.

GAME AT
A GLANCE
 
NEXT UP
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.

SCORING
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

INDIVIDUAL
STATISTICS
Rushing
Cal: Williams 7-63, Boller 6-6,
  Holtfreter 2-6, Currin 1-6.
WSU: Minnich 17-69, Thompson
  10-42, Anderson 1-6, Tippins
  1-0.

Passing
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.

Receiving
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.

TEAM STATS

   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
Possession
 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


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