Gesser's 250 passing yards moved him past the legendary Jack Thompson for the school career-passing yardage record. And his three TD passes, giving him 62 in his WSU tenure, moved him out of a tie with Ryan Leaf for most career tosses to paydirt.
Jerome Riley caught a 32 scoring strike from Gesser on WSU's first offensive play. Riley finished with 8 catches for 131 yards, scoring twice.
The Sun Devils entered the contest boasting one of the nation's top offenses, but did not manage a touchdown until the fourth quarter. The Cougars, meanwhile, staked a 17-3 first quarter lead and never looked back
The Cougar defense, which sacked ASU's Andrew Walter eight times, came up with four key turnovers and proved stingy every time the Devils got into the red zone. Indeed, three separate ASU trips inside the Cougar five netted them but a lone Mike Barth field goal.
Linebacker Will Derting, back in action for the first time since week two, made the most of it, posting nine tackles including one sack.
Collin Henderson, the man usually at the center of Mike Price's bag of gadgets, was on the field but ailing with a bum shoulder. So Price turned to an unlikely candidate for his surprise of the week: Punter Kyle Basler. On fourth-and-nine in the third quarter, with the Cougs shut down at their own 38, Basler took the long snap at proceeded to run around right end. With super end Suggs charging inward, the lane was open and Basler rumbled for 16 yards and a Cougar first down.
Arizona State drops to 4-1 conference; 7-3 overall. See below for stats run down.
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Tackles (leaders only)
Stewart 8, Unck 7, S. Jones 6
|W. Derting 9|
K. Paymah 7
V. Williams 7
R. Long 5
M. Davis 5
D. Jackson 5