Cougs dominate Devils

PULLMAN -- Behind <b>Rien Long's</b> three sacks, five more from the rest of the D, the offensive line's containment of <b>Terrell Suggs</b> and <b>Jason Gesser's</b> three TD passes, Washington State thrashed Arizona State 44-22 today in front of a vocal, sell-out Dads Weekend crowd. The victory thrusts the Cougars into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 (8-1, 5-0) and figures to send them to No. 5 nationally.

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.

 

Check back later tonight for Cougfan.com's complete game recap.

 

Passing

ARIZONA STATE CMP ATT YDS TD INT
Andrew Walter 31 51 328 2 2
Chad Christensen 0 1 0 0 0
WASHINGTON STATE CMP ATT YDS TD INT
Jason Gesser 18 32 250 3 2
Matt Kegel 0 1 0 0 0


Rushing

ASU ATT YDS TD
Cornell Canidate 11 64 0
Hakim Hill 6 17 0
Jermaine McKinney 2 4 0
Daryl Lightfoot 1 4 0
Mike Karney 2 1 0
Chad Christensen 2 -12 0
Andrew Walter 8 -41 0
WSU ATT YDS TD
John Tippins 12 73 0
Jermaine Green 11 39 2
Kyle Basler 1 16 0
Jerome Riley 1 13 0
Jonathan Smith 7 -2 0
Jason Gesser 5 -4 0


Receiving

ASU REC YDS TD
Daryl Lightfoot 8 64 0
Shaun McDonald 7 78 0
Skyler Fulton 6 45 0
Mike Pinkard 4 87 2
Hakim Hill 3 26 0
Mike Karney 2 19 0
Derek Hagan 1 9 0
WSU REC YDS TD
Jerome Riley 8 131 2
Mike Bush 4 26 0
Devard Darling 2 57 0
Jonathan Smith 2 21 0
Jermaine Green 1 14 0
Troy Bienemann 1 1 1


Punting

ASU PUNTS YDS LONG
Tim Parker 5 170 45
WSU PUNTS YDS LONG
Kyle Basler 3 111 40


Kick Returns

ASU RET YDS LONG
Hakim Hill 9 162 30
Cornell Canidate 1 3 3
WSU RET YDS LONG
Jonathan Smith 3 65 29
Jeremy Bohannon 1 19 19


Tackles (leaders only)

ASU TOTAL

Stewart 8, Unck 7, S. Jones 6

WSU
W. Derting                                                            9

K. Paymah                                                           7

V. Williams                                                          7

R. Long                                                               5

M. Davis                                                             5

D. Jackson                                                         5


Interceptions

ASU INT YDS
Jason Shivers 1 0
Brett Hudson 1 0
WSU INT YDS
Marcus Trufant 1 33
Don Jackson 1 0

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