Defensive tackle Aaron Johnson lunges for Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards. Johnson later blocked a field goal attempt late in the first half to leave WSU and Stanford deadlocked 7-7 headed into the locker room.
Tight end Troy Bienemann looks for yardage after the catch in first half action against Stanford. Washington State fell to Stanford 24-21 Saturday in Pullman.
Quarterback Alex Brink scores the Cougars' first touchdown on a fourth down quarterback sneak in the first quarter. The Cougars converted only 3 of 11 third down attempts in a 24-21 loss to Stanford.
Alex Brink looks for yardage after being flushed from the pocket. The sophomore was 13 of 26 for 161 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions on the day.
The aftermath of Mkristo Bruce's first sack of the day on Trent Edwards, a Cardinal loss of 6 yards. Bruce and Steve Dildine each had 11 tackles on Saturday to pace the Cougs, while true freshman middle linebacker Greg Trent racked up 10 sticks in his first college start.
Jerome Harrison sets up his blocks before a 69-yard romp in first half action Saturday. Harrison topped the century mark for the eight straight game, accounting for more than half the Cougar offense with 218 rushing yards. The Cougs amassed 407 yards of total offense but scored only 21 points.
Running back Jerome Harrison a split second before he shot through a Cardinal crevice on a 69-yard gallop through the Stanford defense, setting up WSU's first touchdown. The senior averaged 7.5 yards on the day as he racked up 218 yards -- a mark that tied him with Tali Ena (Oregon State, 1979) for fourth best in WSU history. Harrison now finds his name next to two of the top four marks in program history. He holds the No. 3 spot all time with 247 ground yards against UCLA last season.
Defensive end Mkristo Bruce with the second of his first half sacks. Bruce had three tackles for loss on the day, but WSU fell to Stanford, 24-21.
Outside linebacker Scott Davis prepares to go horizontal in an attempt to being down Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards. The junior linebacker had 6 tackles on the day.
Adam Braidwood, Scott Davis and Alex Teems combine to stop Cardinal running back Anthony Kimble. WSU held Kimble to 77 yards but allowed quarterback Trent Edwards to gain an astounding 92 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Alex Brink dives for a first down late in the game. Said Brink in the locker room after the loss to Stanford; "We'll be up for UCLA."
Story of the day for the Cougar defense: Near misses. Here, Scott Davis dives and comes up empty on Trent Edwards. The Cougars were unable to contain the Stanford QB as he, incredibly, was the leading rusher on the afternoon for the Cardinal. Edwards simply ran through, over and around the Cougar defense. If two sacks weren't figured in quarterback rushing yards by the NCAA, Trent would have been credited for 103 ground yards. As it was, he still averaged 7.2 yards a carry.
Mkristo Bruce and Husain Abdullah take down Stanford's Nick Frank in fourth quarter action. Abdullah had seven tackles and a pass break up while fellow safety Eric Frampton led the secondary with nine sticks on the afternoon.
A three part look at senior Trandon Harvey's twisting, contorting, amazing grab against Stanford's Brandon Harrison. In the second half, the 45 yard completion set up Washington State's second score of the day to tie the game in the first half.
Wide receiver Trandon Harvey secures the reception against Stanford's Harrison in the third quarter. The senior had three catches on the day for 60 yards.
On the 45-yard gain, Trandon Harvey attempts to keep his balance against Brandon Harrison. Washington State, who moved the ball from their own 30 yard line to Stanford's 25 on the Harvey reception, scored four plays later to knot the game 14-14 on an 8-yard Jerome Harrison scamper.
Greg Prator comes through with a fourth quarter touchdown over Stanford's T.J. Rushing. The ensuing extra point pulled Washington State to within three at 24-21, but the final WSU drive was scuttled by an interception with under a minute remaining.
Mkristo Bruce hauling down Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards for an apparent third sack of the day. But Edwards was able to get rid of the ball and officials ruled it an incompletion, much to the dismay of radio color man Jim Walden. The very next play, Stanford struck for 41 yards (a net of 31 after a Stanford penalty) to get into scoring position. But it was all rendered moot when the drive resulted in a missed Stanford field goal.
T.J. Rushing finds himself surrounded by Coug defenders. The Stanford special teams, a hot topic of discussion throughout game week, didn't play a significant role in the outcome of the 24-21 loss.
Defensive end Mkristo Bruce implores the crowd for some noise late in the fourth quarter. Of the 19 tackles by the defensive line, Bruce had 11 of them in the 24-21 loss to Stanford.