Bill Doba leads the Cougs onto the field Saturday for the Pac-10 opener against Stanford.
Mkristo Bruce set a school record with five sacks on the day. The senior defensive end now leads the nation in quarterback sacks and was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Bruce's 25 1/2 career pass sacks place him third on the Washington State career list. DeWayne Patterson holds the top spot with 37 1/2.
Kenny Alfred, Sean O'Connor and Josh Duin were part of an offensive line that racked up 240 rushing yards despite sidelined starting left tackle Bobby Byrd, expected to be out until mid-October with an MCL sprain.
Mike Graise makes a leaping grab to pick off a pass, with only the quarterback standing between him and the end zone.
Graise, the third d-lineman to intercept a pass this season along with Lance Broadus and Bruce, after scoring on the 33-yard interception return for a touchdown
Washington State and George Yarno used several combinations up front Saturday. This play sees LT Sean O'Connor, LG Kenny Alfred, C Josh Duin, RG Andy Roof and RT Charles Harris get set as tight end Jed Collins comes in motion. Dan Rowlands, who started three games in Roof's absence, was also an integral piece on the line.
Derek Hunter got his first career Cougar start at left tackle on Saturday.
Aaron Johnson pulls down Trent Edwards for a sack. The junior defensive tackle was one of four Cougars (Bruce, Trent, Graise) who combined for eight Cougar quarterback sacks on the day.
Dwight Tardy started the game in place of Woolridge as the Texas sophomore continues to recover from a deep thigh bruise. Tardy, a freshman, carried 17 times for a game high 97 yards, ( 5.7 yard average) with a touchdown.
Don Turner in his first game back since an injury at Auburn, makes a nice open field tackle. The senior corner also had a fumble recovery.
Tight end Jed Collins caught his first touchdown pass as a Cougar in the second quarter. Here, he clears the way for Derrell Hutsona, who cut the Stanford rug for 54 yards on 12 carries, (4.4 yard average, 5.24 on the year)
DeMaundray Woolridge runs to daylight behind the Cougar offensive line. Woolridge averaged 6.5 yards every time he carried the ball, finishing with 71 hashes on 11 carries.
Brink threaded the needle on this touchdown pass to Jason Hill, the 28th TD reception of the senior's Cougar career, tops all time at Washington State.
Despite connecting on 21-of-33 passes for 228 yards, two TDs and no interceptions, Alex Brink said he wasn't overly satisified with this day. One play he may have been referring to was a fumble on a quarterback sneak that negated WSU's first would-be score. Observers said Brink crossed the goal line and was about three feet in the end zone, but he then simply placed the ball on the turf, and neither the refs nor replay caught it. Nevertheless, lesson learned. On his second quarterback sneak, Brink immediately popped up and showed the ball to the officials while in the end zone.
Clockwise from bottom, Bruce, Husain Abdullah, Greg Trent, Ropati Pitoitua and Graise all converge on the ball.
RG Roof took the field for the first time Saturday after breaking a thumb in fall practice.
Tight end Cody Boyd was a focal point of the Cougar passing attack, with five catches for a game high 72 yards. Here, however, the senior displays some of the improved blocking he's brought to the table for the '06 season.
Duin and Doba leave the field after the senior center injured his MCL. His status will likely not be determined until late in the week.
Michael Bumpus was his usual sure-handed self Saturday, sharing a game high five catches with Boyd, for 58 receiving yards.
After the clock read all zeros, players of both teams gathered on the field and bowed their heads.
Following the victory, Bruce prepares to lead the team and the Washington State fans who made the trip in the WSU fight song.
The scoreboard spoke to a dominant Cougar effort in all phases of the game, after WSU's 36-10 win at Stanford on Saturday.