PHOTO ESSAY: Great Ghost, but Cougs lose big

Los Angeles -- Washington State was dominated from the outset in a one sided game against No. 1 Southern Cal. Crimson highlights were few as the Cougars dropped their fifth straight game but Jerome Harrison ran for 100 yards (again), in the first quarter (again). Week Eight, as told from the CF.C photo lens in this exclusive photo essay.




Jerome Harrison takes the handoff from Alex Brink. The Cougars' senior running back rushed for 100 plus yards for the 11th straight game. "The Ghost" needs 328 yards over the season's final three games to break the WSU single season rushing record of 1,637 yards set by Rueben Mayes.


Jason Hill with one of his six catches. The junior and Cougars' leading receiver was frustrated after the game as Washington State's high flying aerial attack was grounded.


Running back Jerome Harrison breaks free on a 38 yard run in the first quarter, taking it down to the Trojan 16.


Three plays later, Harrison found the end zone on this 13 yard run up the middle. On the 7 play, 74 yard drive, Harrison rushed the ball three times for 54 yards. Through eight games, Harrison is the nation's second leading rusher in Div-IA football, averaging 163.75 yards a game.


Cory Evans and Eric Frampton combine for a stop. Frampton had 10 solo tackles among his 13 stops, game highs in both categories. The junior safety also forced a fumble and had a pass break up.


Jason Hill was held to 49 yards receiving against the Trojans. Hill is now averaging 125 receiving yards a game, ranking second in the nation in Div-IA football.


Alex Brink directs the Cougar offense. The starting Cougar QB was unable to generate much of anything through the air, completing nine of 17 passes for 64 yards. He gave way to Josh Swogger in the fourth quarter, who made good on a fourth down conversion on the way to the Cougars' second and final touchdown of the day. Gary Rogers came in for Swogger the next series.


Trandon Harvey finds some running room. The senior, filling in for the injured Lorenzo Bursey, had 31 yards on two punt returns.


Defensive end Mkristo Bruce looks on as the Cougs drop their fifth straight. Of the starting front four this year, Bruce has provided the most consistent pass rush and run stopping defense.


Washington State left guard Sean O'Connor. The offensive line did not allow a sack Saturday against the Trojans.


Steve Dildine sizes up Matt Leinart and the Trojans. The linebacker and his Cougar teammates were unable to slow the nation's No.1 offense as USC scored on their first four possessions to put the game away early. Southern Cal rolled up a record 745 yards of total offense against Washington State, the most ever allowed by a Cougar team.


Eric Frampton stops Reggie Bush on a Trojan punt return. The Cougars limited the electric Bush to 19 yards on four punt returns. The leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy rushed 17 times for 97 yards, with four receptions for 40 yards. Frampton is the top WSU tackler this season with 57 stops including 36 solo tackles. Mkristo Bruce, Steve Dildine and Greg Trent are tied for second with 49.


The Cougars this week experimented with both Jerome Harrison and DeMaundray Woolridge split in the backfield, and also with Harrison lining up out wide. Woolridge rushed eight times for 40 yards with a touchdown.


Tied for second in tackles this season with 49 stops, Mkristo Bruce finished with five tackles, three solo, with one tackle for against Southern Cal Saturday.


Washington State linebacker Steve Dildine had six tackles against the Trojans, five of them of the solo variety.


Defensive ends Mike Graise and Paul Stevens got more turns on defense after the game's outcome had been decided. Graise, making a name for himself on special teams, has also provided increasing heat off the edge for Washington State this season in limited playing time.


Coach Bill Doba looks on as the Cougs drop to 3-5. In what was described an ugly incident at halftime, the Cougar radio network reported the Trojan players ran up the tunnel before Washington State had reached the locker room. Cornerback Omowale Dada said he came to Doba's defense when a number of Trojan players began shoving and taunting the 65-year old head coach of the Cougars. Doba, however, said the incident was being blown out of proportion, downplayed it and joked about it on Sunday evening. He said Trojan coach Pete Carroll apologized after the game when the coaches met at midfield.


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