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Washington State Declaws Wildcats 30-7
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/04/2003
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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Matt Kegel threw two touchdown passes and Jason David returned an interception for a score as No. 14 Washington State beat Arizona 30-7 Saturday.

Washington State (5-1, 2-0 Pac-10) dominated Arizona in the Wildcats' first game since head coach John Mackovic was fired last Sunday. Mike Hankwitz is coaching the team on an interim basis.

The Cougars rolled up 513 yards of offense to Arizona's 198. Although Washington State had a 294-65 advantage in yards, the Cougars held only a 13-0 halftime lead.

Washington State held Arizona (1-5, 0-2) to just 65 yards rushing and the Wildcats were 0-13 in third-down conversions. The Cougars, who intercepted seven passes last week against Oregon, were able to grab only one against the Wildcats.

Kegel completed 18 of 32 passes for 315 yards, spreading passes among nine receivers. He was intercepted once.

He hit Devard Darling for an 84 yard scoring pass play in the first quarter, then connected with running back Jonathan Smith for an 11-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter.

The Cougars scored twice in the fourth quarter.

David stepped in front of a pass from Kris Heavner to Gilbert Harris and raced 34 yards to the end zone.

Kegel completed Washington State's scoring when he hit Smith in the end zone on an 11-yard pass. The drive started after Mike Bell fumbled on the Arizona 20 and Eric Coleman recovered at the 19.

Drew Dunning hit field goals of 22, 38 and 23 yards in front of a homecoming crowd of 34,923.

The Cougars' first touchdown came from the Washington State 16, when Kegel hit Darling in stride down the right sideline and the 6-foot-3 junior stepped over an Arizona defender and raced for the score.

Arizona didn't score until the third quarter, when Nic Costa hit Matt Padron with a 5-yard scoring pass to complete a 58-yard drive. The Wildcats gained possession after Washington State's Chris Bruhn fumbled.

Bruhn was filling in for Smith, who sprained his left ankle just before the half, and Jermaine Green, who bruised a rib early in the game.

Heavner completed 18 of 35 passes for 128 yards.

Arizona's defense deprived the Cougars of a score at the start of the second quarter. Michael Jolivette stepped in front of Kegel's pass in the end zone to spoil a 64-yard drive.

Washington State's defense did not record a sack for the first time in 23 games.

The Cougars were hit with a dozen penalties for 89 yards, several negating long gains. Arizona was flagged four times for 38 yards.

Associated Press Writer

Washington State Cougars Athletics