PHOTO ESSAY: Ghost huge, but skid reaches six

PULLMAN -- All-American candidate Jerome Harrison rushed for 240 yards and Jason Hill caught his twelfth touchdown pass of the season but the Cougs lost 27-24 to Arizona State. Week Nine, as told from the CF.C photo lens in this exclusive photo essay.


Butch and his dad Butch Sr. greet a raucous crowd on Dad's Day as Washington State prepares to do battle with ASU.


ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter releases the ball just as Eric Frampton arrives. Washington State logged three sacks -- all in the second half -- but allowed over 400 yards of passing.


Strong safety Eric Frampton gets consoled by Husain Abdullah after a potential interception slipped through his hands. Frampton was the game's leading tackler on the day, with 13 against the Sun Devils.


Jerome Harrison was again prolific, rushing for two touchdowns and 240 yards Saturday to move into second place on the all time Washington State single season rushing list. The Ghost now trails only Cougar legend Rueben Mayes, who ran for 1,637 yards in 1984. Harrison has 1,550 yards with two games remaining..


An Alex Brink pass falls just beyond the reach of tight end Troy Bienemann. Brink was 21-35 for 283 on the day, with one touchdown and one interception.


Middle linebacker Greg Trent hauls down ASU's Keegan Herring in the first half Saturday. Washington State was able to force only one first half punt from the Sun Devils. In the second half, the Cougar defense fared better with ASU punting three times and limiting Arizona State to three points.


A three part look at Jerome Harrison as he breaks free for a 61-yard touchdown run in the first half.


Harrison, with 144 yards in the first half, tied an all time mark in Pac-10 history. The Cougar senior has rushed for over 100 yards in 12 straight games, tying J.J. Arrington of Cal who set the record last year.


A familiar sight this season, The Ghost leaving would-be tacklers in his wake. On Dad's Day at Washington State, the senior's jersey read "Har. Purcell" in honor of his father and mother, Jerome and Debbie Purcell.


On Arizona State's first possession of the second half, ASU faced a third and 10 at the Washington State 16 yard line. This pass was incomplete but WSU's Alex Teems was called for pass interference on Terry Richardson, giving the Sun Devils a first down at the WSU 2. The Cougars held the Sun Devils to a field goal. Teems had 11 tackles (6 solo) and an interception on the afternoon.


Scott Davis tracks down ASU tight end Zach Miller. Washington State allowed 7 of 14 third down conversions, including five of eight in the third quarter.


Harrison, the No. 2 rusher in the nation coming into the game, now leads the nation in total yards with 1,550 in nine games. Through eight games, DeAngelo Williams of Memphis has rushed for 1,476 yards.


Washington State special teams held the Sun Devils in check on the day. Here, Omowale Dada and Courtney Williams celebrate a big stop by Williams on a punt return.


All-American candidate Jerome Harrison averaged 6.3 yards a carry Saturday and scored two touchdowns. Here, The Ghost earns some tough yards while maintaining his purchase on the ball.


A three part look at Jason Hill's third quarter touchdown. Here, the junior feels the presence of a defender as he heads towards the end zone.


Jason Hill looks back as Chad Green unsuccessfully tries to prevent the Cougar receiver from taking it to the house.


Jason Hill ties his own WSU single season record with his twelfth receiving touchdown. The junior has two games left to raise the bar.


Aaron Johnson breaks through to sack Carpenter. The Cougs had three sacks Saturday in the second half, from Johnson, Matt Mullennix and Ropati Pitoitua.


On the season, Jerome Harrison is averaging 172.22 yards a game. The All-American candidate has rushed for over 200 yards three times this season -- all Cougar losses -- and four times over his career. The Ghost now holds four of the top six marks in the WSU record book for rushing yards in a game. (Tali Ena is tied for the sixth spot with 218 yards)


Quarterback Alex Brink listens as offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller gives instructions. The Washington State offense gained 506 yards but had only 24 points to show for it. Defensively, the Cougars surrendered 548 yards.


Defensive end Mkristo Bruce celebrates his fourth quarter fumble recovery. Ropati Pitoitua forced the turnover on a sack. Bruce had seven tackles on the day and broke up a pass. But the ensuing drive saw the Cougars drive deep into ASU territory but fail to score as WSU took points off the board, a field goal that tied the game, to go for it on fourth and one from the ASU 4. The toss sweep to Harrison lost a yard.


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