By JOHN K. WILEY
Associated Press Writer
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Freshman Josh Swogger threw his first collegiate touchdown to help No. 8 Washington State beat Arizona State 34-19 on Saturday.
Swogger replaced starter Matt Kegel in the second quarter with the game tied at 10 and led two long scoring drives, keeping the Cougars ahead of No. 2 Southern California atop the Pacific-10.
The Cougars (9-2, 6-1 Pac-10) could record their third consecutive 10-win season with a victory next week over Washington in Seattle. The Sun Devils (4-7, 1-6) are heading to their second losing season in three years under head coach Dirk Koetter.
Washington State rolled up 402 yards of offense, while the Sun Devils compiled 322.
Swogger got his first collegiate TD when he hit Devard Darling in the end zone on a 22-yard pass to make it 24-10 just before halftime. Swogger completed 14 of 20 passes for 207 yards and a TD.
Kegel, who reinjured his right throwing shoulder last week against UCLA and practiced sparingly all week, was 5-of-11 for 77 yards and an interception. He returned for the game's final two downs.
Arizona State's Andrew Walter threw a 25 yard scoring pass to Derek Hagan, but the Sun Devils were held in check by the Washington State defense, which had three sacks and forced three fumbles. He completed 19-of-35 for 262 yards and an interception.
Hagan had seven catches for 109 yards, while Skyler Fulton hauled in five passes for 100 yards.
Kicker Drew Dunning connected on a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter to break Jason Hanson's school record of 64 field goals. Dunning tied the record with a 31-yarder in the first quarter that put the Cougars up 10-7.
Pat Bennett intercepted a pass from Walter intended for Moey Mutz and ran 39 yards for a score to make it 17-10 late in the second quarter.
Swogger hit Darling in the end zone for a 24-10 lead just before halftime. Darling had five catches for 108 yards.
WSU capitalized on an ASU miscue to take the early lead.
Arizona State replied on the next possession with a 54-yard scoring drive as Cornell Canidate rushed from the WSU 1.
Jesse Ainsworth kicked a career-long 47 yard field goal to pull even at 10 in the second quarter. He had a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Sun Devils safety Riccardo Stewart sustained a head or neck injury late in the game and was taken to a hospital for observation. The game was delayed for 17 minutes while an ambulance took him off the field.