PHOTO ESSAY: String of near misses continues

PULLMAN -- Jerome Harrison set two all time marks as the senior running back was again prolific, and the defense showed some spark, especially in the first half. But in the end, the Crimson woe continued with WSU falling to Oregon on a last second field goal. It was the fifth loss by four points or less on the season. The Cougs also lost one of their senior captains, as Troy Bienemann's WSU career is over due to injury. Week Ten, as told from the CF.C photo lens in this exclusive photo essay.





Adam Braidwood is introduced to the Martin Stadium crowd on Senior Night.


Tight end Troy Bienemann catches an apparent touchdown pass in the first quarter. The score was waived off when offensive pass interference was called. The Cougs settled for a field goal.


Middle linebacker Will Derting saw his first action since suffering a sprained knee against Oregon State Oct. 1. The senior started against Oregon, and was in for about 10-12 plays, all in the first half, with two tackles including a solo stop on a third down forcing a Ducks punt. His replacement, Greg Trent, had his finest game as a Cougar. The true freshman led WSU in tackles with 13 (seven solo), two of which were tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries.


After his 26-yard touchdown run was called back on a penalty, Jerome Harrison took it to the house the very next snap. The only way Oregon could tackle The Ghost on the 28 yard touchdown scamper was after Harrison was eight yards deep in the end zone.


Alex Brink completes a pass on the run to Jason Hill on Washington State's first touchdown drive. Brink was 22-33 for 283 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions.


Mkristo Bruce decaffeinates Oregon quarterback Brady Leaf for a sack and forced fumble Saturday night. The junior defensive end had two sacks among his nine tackles (five solo), a forced fumble, fumble recovery plus another quarterback hurry. Bruce leads the team in sacks (10) and tackles for loss (15) on the season.


Jerome Harrison now holds the all-time single season rushing mark at Washington State. The senior has rushed for 1,693 yards, topping the mark set more than two decades ago by Rueben Mayes when the Cougar legend ran for 1,637 yards in 1984. The Ghost is averaging 6.2 yards a carry and 163.7 yards a game on the season.


Defensive coordinator Robb Akey with defensive tackle Aaron Johnson after the Cougs force a three and out in the first half. The Cougar defense held three Oregon running backs, Terrence Whitehead, Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson, to 87 yards on 27 carries.


Jason Hill is mobbed by teammates after catching a 40 yard strike from Alex Brink on the first half's final play from scrimmage. With his thirteenth touchdown reception of the season, Hill broke his own all time school record (12) that he set last year. Hill had five catches for 81 yards against Oregon Saturday.


Ryan Leaf found himself nervous watching the Cougs and brother Brady Leaf, quarterback for Oregon go at it Saturday night. "It's really hard," said Leaf. "I bleed crimson and gray. It's really, really hard."


Aaron Johnson celebrates a defensive stand by the Cougs. WSU defensive tackles combined for eight tackles on the night. Of Oregon's six first half possessions, Johnson and the WSU defense forced punts on three and a fumble on a fourth in holding Oregon to 10 points. It was a different story in the second half as the Ducks put 24 points on the board in the final thirty minutes.


A two part look at Jerome Harrison's second touchdown, a 34 yard pass reception. Would be tackler Patrick Chung can't stop The Ghost on his way to paydirt.


Dirt and grass fly as Jerome Harrison refuses to go down until reaching the end zone. The screen pass covered 34 yards. Harrison is within reach of a 1,800 yard rushing season and 2,000 all purpose yards. With the Apple Cup to play, Harrison has 1,866 total yards rushing and receiving.


Senior cornerback Omowale Dada after a punishing hit on Jonathan Stewart forced a fumble. The Cougs' Greg Trent recovered the ball. Dada had five tackles on the night.


Safety Eric Frampton squares up on Terrence Whitehead for on one of his 10 tackles on the night. Frampton and the WSU defense held Whitehead to 48 yards on 13 carries.


Against Oregon, Jerome Harrison set the all time Pac-10 mark with his thirteenth straight game with over 100 yards rushing. The Ghost finished the night with 143 yards on 28 carries.


Alex Brink completed 14 of 19 passes in the first half. On the night, the sophomore quarterback had three touchdown passes but two interceptions also led to 14 Oregon points. Brink took off running five times, rushing for 46 yards. With sack totals included, his rushing line reads eight runs for 31 yards.


Troy Bienemann's last play in a Cougar uniform was a touchdown. The tight end made this leaping grab in the fourth quarter. The senior captain tore his ACL on the play and will undergo surgery. Coach Bill Doba said there's a good chance Bienemann will be healed up in time for an NFL team's traning camp next year. Troy Bienemann finishes his Washington State career with 94 catches, one shy of the all time mark for a Cougar tight end.


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