Cougs sack Pack, 31-7

SEATTLE -- Washington State linebacker <b>Will Derting</b> intercepted three Nevada passes, returning one for a school record 98-yard touchdown, as the Cougars defeated the Wolf Pack, 31-7.

Derting, a redshirt freshman from Okanogan, thrilled the sold out Seahawk Stadium crowd of 67,000 in what otherwise was a less than thrilling performance by a Cougar team saddled with great expectations.

Nevada opened the scoring with an 8-yard run by Chance Kretschmer in the first quarter, but was unable to hit paydirt again. Senior Cougar receiver Jerome Riley took a Jason Gesser pass 44-yards in the second quarter to start the Wazzu run of 31 unanswered points.

Derting's 98-yard interception runback broke the 93-yard record set by Lionel Thomas in 1969 against UCLA.

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SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER
NEV: Kretschmer 8-yard run (Fine kick)

SECOND QUARTER
WSU: Riley 44-yard pass from Gesser (Dunning kick)
WSU: J. Smith 2-yard run (Dunning kick)

THIRD QUARTER
None

FOURTH QUARTER
WSU: J. Smith 2-yard run (Dunning kick)
WSU: Dunning 40-yard FG
WSU: Derting 98-yard interception return


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