Cougar-Bruins notebook full of milestones

THE COUGARS' DOMINATION of UCLA on Saturday -- the biggest WSU win in terms of point margin over the Bruins since 1936 and the fifth Cougar win in the series' last six games -- was a contest of crimson milestones. Chief among them: Cougar quarterback Alex Brink passed for 405 yards -- the seventh-best passing performance ever by a UCLA opponent.

Brink completed 28 of 38 passes for 405 yards and three TDs.

Brink's 405 yards passing was a season-high and the eighth-highest single-game output in school history. It also marked the third time he has surpassed the 400-yard barrier.

In addition, Brink moved into fifth place on the WSU career passing yards list, moving ahead of his position coach, Timm Rosenbach. Brink now has 6,341 career air yards.

Coupled with his 20 of 23 passing day against Oregon a week ago, Brink is on a roll of Gesser-like proportion.

One of Brink's TD passes against UCLA was to Jason Hill, giving the senior from San Francisco his team-leading seventh scoring catch of the year and the 32nd of his career, moving him into a tie for second on the all-time Pac-10 list with Ken Margerum (Stanford, 1977-80) and one shy of USC's Dwayne Jarrett.

Both of Brink's other TD tosses against the Bruins went to Puyallup sophomore Brandon Gibson. They were his first two scores of the season and the third and fourth in his career.

Gibson was the Cougars' leading receiver with eight catches for 92 yards, while Hill had five grabs for 115 yards.

In addition to Hill and Gibson, Brink was finding his tight ends early and often. Cody Boyd, newly back from injury, and Jed Collins each caught four balls and racked up big yardage (Colins 85 hashes, Boyd 69).

ON DEFENSE, senior safety Eric Frampton's first quarter interception of Cowman was his fourth of the season and the eighth straight game the Cougars have intercepted at least one pass. Senior cornerback Tyron Brackenridge's fourth-quarter interception deep in WSU territory was his third of the season.

Frampton also had two pass breakups and five solo tackles. The Cougars' leading tackler was senior Scott Davis with seven stops, all solo.

The game marked the second time in the last three weeks the Cougar D held an opponent scoreless in the second half, doing it to Cal two weeks ago.

The crimson stop corps did not allow a second half first down by the Bruins until 11:26 remained in the fourth quarter.

ON SPECIAL TEAMS, the Cougars got off to a rough start. First, standout punter Darryl Blunt was taken to the hospital after feeling ill during warmups. He returned to the Cougars' sideline in time to catch most of the second half. Blunt was replaced, temporarily, by placekicker Loren Langley, who did fine on his one punt attempt (37 yards) but missed two first-half field goals (from 37 and 43).

Langley, however, strained a thigh muscle in his kicking leg before halftime. That forced star receiver and punt returner Michael Bumpus into the punter's role (2 boots for 71 yards). Bumpus and long snapper Tony Thompson held a hurried warm up session before the second half outside the locker room. Langley's injury also put Romeen Abdollmohammadi, who had never before kicked a field goal in a game -- at any level -- into prime time. Abdollmohammadi, a one-time soccer standout on Camano Island, nailed his one and only trey attempt, from 31 yards out, hit two extra points and was rock solid on kickoffs.


The Cougars had back-to-back monster drives in the first half, going 90 yards for their first TD of the game and then driving 98 for a TD on their next possession.

Running back DeMaundray Woolridge's four-yard, fourth quarter touchdown run was his first of the season. He added a second just before the game ended.

The win marked the fourth consecutive conference road win for the Cougars dating back to the 2005 Apple Cup (Washington, Stanford, Oregon State and UCLA).

Washington State has never lost to UCLA and earned a bowl bid in the same season...Entering the game WSU was 7-0-1 against UCLA (now 8-0-1) during its previous 10 bowl seasons...teams did not play in 1915 or 1929...With today's victory the Cougars became bowl eligible.


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