COUGS FINISH DUCKS!

PULLMAN -- Led by a smothering defensive performance and a big ground day by running back <b>Jermaine Green</b>, the Washington State Cougars defeated the Oregon Ducks, 32-21, today at a sold-out Martin Stadium.

Despite the much publicized return to the Palouse of Oregon back Onterrio Smith, who scorched the Cougs last season for a Duck record 285 yards, it was Green who shone running the ball, gaining 180 yards on 25 carries. Smith, meanwhile, ran mostly into Crimson-clad defenders, finishing with just 64 yards on 25 runs.

The Cougar defense gave up just 7 points to the Oregon offense, with the other two Duck touchdowns coming defensively on Cougar miscues.

The win moves the No. 5 ranked Crimson Soldiers (9-1, 6-0) just one victory away from clinching the Pac-10 title.

After six lead changes, the Cougs went on top for good in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jason Gesser to Mike Bush. The score capped an 11-play 96-yard drive.

WSU would hit pay dirt less then a minute later on a highlight film tip-and-catch by Devard Darling that covered 46-yards. The table for this quick strike was set by Cougar corner man, Marcus Trufant, who intercepted Duck QB Jason Fife with just over 8 minutes left in the contest.

Although starting slowly, the Cougar offense tallied 467 yards, with Gesser hitting on 20 of 38 passes for 277 and 4 TD's.

For more post-game coverage, click the links to game photos and more at the top of this story.


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