Aug. 15, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State Cougar offense pushed across four touchdowns, including three through the air, as the football team completed its second scrimmage of the fall season Wednesday afternoon at Martin Stadium.
"We moved the ball better today but not good enough," said WSU Head Coach Bill Doba. "Offensively we moved the ball well, made some nice throws and catches. They started slowly again but then kicked it in."
The first score of the afternoon came on the third possession of the day as freshman quarterback Marshall Lobbestael found freshman tight end Aaron Gehring in the end zone on a five-yard score. Senior running back Kevin McCall pushed across the next score on a one-yard touchdown run, capping a 40-yard drive where the first offense went against the first defense.
Two other drives by the offense ended with touchdown passes. First, senior quarterback Alex Brink found senior wide receiver Michael Bumpus for an 18-yard score followed by a 25-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Cole Morgan to freshman Jeshua Anderson.
The defense did have a bright moment during a red zone drill as it stopped the offense on four plays with the ball placed on the eight-yard line.
"Defensively, We have to learn to get in and out of the huddle and show more hustle," said Doba. "We put in a lot of things this week and there was still a little bit of hesitation."
The first-team offense ended the afternoon by successfully completing a four-minute drill designed to protect the lead late in the game. With the ball placed at its own 15, the Cougar offense ran the clock out, converting a big third-down play when Brink found Benny Ward for a 23-yard pass to extend the drive.
"I thought they did a nice job on the four-minute drill, ate the clock. They took their time and made the first down when they had to," said Doba.
For the afternoon the offense posted a combined 283 yards of total offense, 205 through the air and 83 on the ground. Freshman Logwone Mitz led all carriers with 46 yards on three carries, including two of 15 yards. Sophomore Dwight Tardy added 16 yards while McCall finished with 12 yards and the score.
Brink ended his afternoon completing 11 of 17 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. Junior Gary Rogers was 4 of 12 for 26 yards while Morgan and Lobbestael each had touchdown passes in limited attempts.
Another bright spot for the Cougars was the kicking game where senior kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi converted all three of his field goal attempts with a long of 44. Freshman Wade Penner also made both of his tries, converting from 37 and 42 yards.
Junior punter Daryl Blunt averaged 41 yards on his two punts, starting with a 51-yard kick then ended with a 31-yard punt angled toward the sideline.
The Cougars will hold their third and final scrimmage of the fall Saturday evening at Martin Stadium. The scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
,b>Rushing - Mitz 6/46, Tardy 9/16, McCall 6/12, Campbell 1/10, Ivory 3/2, Richmond 3/-3.
,b>Passing - Brink 11/17/0/129/1/32, Rogers 4/12/0/26/0/12, Morgan 2/3/0/32/1/25, Lobbestael 3/4/0/18/1/10, Wagner 0/1/0/0/0/0.
Receiving - Collins 4/24, Dillon 3/49, Ward 2/34, Bumpus 2/22 (TD), Woodard 2/18, Gehring 2/8 (TD), Anderson 1/25 (TD), Walker 1/10, Atkins 1/7, Mooney 1/5, Rabb 1/3.
Scoring - Gehring 5 pass from Lobbestael, McCall 1 run, Bumpus 18 pass from Brink, Anderson 25 pass from Morgan. Interceptions - None. Sacks - Eichelberger, Bass Punts: Blunt: 51, 31 Avg. 41.0; Forrest 47.
,b>Field Goals: Abdollmohammadi 37 (good), 44 (good), 42 (good); Penner 37 (good), 42 (good).