Washington State goes 9-1

The Washington State Cougars survived the injury loss of QB <b>Jason Gesser</b>, the drunken wrath of Arizona State fans, and some dubious "pay-back" officiating to defeat the Sun Devils today, 28-16.

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Gesser was taken out of action midway into the third-quarter with bruised ribs and dizziness after getting hit running for a crucial first-down. The Hurlin' Hawaiian tossed two first half touchdown passes to Jerome Riley, the first covering 72 yards.

Arizona State strengthened their case for the conference "classless fans" title. The Tempe-tantrum crowd continued their bizarro-world tradition of tortilla tossing, but added water jugs and booze bottles into the mix following a controversial call and it's continuous replay on the stadium screen. The call, an ASU fumble recovered by Raonall Smith for a touchdown, turned the crowd riotous when replays showed Sun Devil QB Andrew Walter may have been down before losing the ball.

Pac-10 officials, possibly fearing for their safety, appeared to repent their possible error with a few controversial calls against WSU. One of those questionable calls, an unsportsmanlike conduct flag on Billy Newman, turned a Sun Devil fourth down on the Cougar 4-yard line into a fourth down on the 2. ASU back Delvon Flowers scored on the next play.

Cougar safety Lamont Thompson intercepted a Jeff Krohn pass early in the game, giving him sole possession of the Pac-10 record with 22 career air-thefts.

The Cougars sealed the deal eight minutes into the fourth quarter with their patented option pass, this time Collin Henderson on the receiving end of a David Minnich toss that covered 20 yards.

Washington State is now 9-1 on the season going into their final regular season game versus Washington, 7-2, next Saturday. An Apple Cup win and an Oregon loss to Oregon State would earn the Cougs their second Pac-10 championship in five years. For greaterperspective on the Cougar win in the desert, click on http://washingtonstate.theinsiders.com/2/24434.html

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER
WSU—Riley 72 yard pass from Gesser (Dunning kick)
ASU—McDonald 40 yard pass from Krohn (Barth kick)
SECOND QUARTER
WSU—Riley 32 yard pass from Gesser (Dunning kick)
THIRD QUARTER
ASU—Safety, Gesser fell in endzone
WSU—Smith 27 yard fumble return (Dunning kick)
FOURTH QUARTER
ASU—Flowers 2 yard run (Barth kick)
WSU—Henderson 21 yard pass from Minnich (Dunning kick)

PASSING: WSU

COMP ATT YDS TD INT
Gesser 11 18 208 2 1
Kegel 2 10 60 0 1
Minnich 1 1 21 1 0

PASSING: ASU

COMP ATT YDS TD INT
Krohn 7 15 157 1 1
Cooper 5 13 89 0 0
Walter 1 4 53 0 0

RUSHING: WSU

ATT YDS TD
Minnich 17 52 0
Tippins 9 34 0
Bush 1 8 0
Gesser 5 7 0
Kegel 4 3 0

RUSHING: ASU

ATT YDS TD
Flowers 31 137 1
Lightfoot 3 18 0
Pace 2 4 0
Walter 2 4 0
Cooper 1 11 0
Krohn 3 14 0

RECEIVING: WSU

REC YDS TD
Riley 6 158 2
Bush 3 87 0
McElrath 2 13 0
Henderson 1 21 1
Minnich 1 7 0
Thielbahr 1 3 0

RECEIVING: ASU

REC YDS TD
McDonald 5 169 1
O'Neal 5 70 0
Dennard 1 41 0
Taplin 1 22 0
Flowers 1 3 0

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