Aug. 11, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior quarterback Alex Brink connected with junior wide receiver Brandon Gibson for three touchdowns as the Cougar offense got the upper hand during the first scrimmage of the fall season Saturday afternoon at Martin Stadium.
"We looked a little sluggish I thought, but it was the first time we have had the heat," said Cougar Head Coach Bill Doba. "We need a little heat because we are going to see some in Wisconsin.
"At times I thought the offense started poorly, but then we put the ball down in the red zone and the offense punched in two of them," Doba continued. "There were some good things and some not so good things."
Early on it was the defense dictating play, keeping the offense off the scoreboard for the first third of the scrimmage. Senior defensive end Matt Mullennix had three sacks on the day, two in the early going to lead the defensive unit.
After coming up empty in their first few drives, Brink led the offense to its first score when he found Gibson in the corner of the end zone on a 16 pass, capping a long drive. The pair connected again the next time the first unit was on the field for a six-yard out pass for the second touchdown of the afternoon.
A pair of freshmen accounted for the third score as quarterback Marshall Lobbestael found receiver Jeshua Anderson for a 23-yard touchdown pass. That accounted for the longest play of the scrimmage and was the second time the duo hooked up, the first coming on a 10-yard pass earlier in the drive.
The final two scores came on rid zone drills with the ball placed at the 25 yard line. Brink again found Gibson just inside the end zone for a nine-yard score while Gary Rogers capped the scoring with a two-yard throw to freshman Trevor Mooney, Mooney's only catch of the afternoon.
The Cougar offense accounted for 255 total yards, 187 through the air and 68 on the ground. Senior Michael Bumpus led all receivers with four catches for 40 yards, while Gibson ended his afternoon with four catches for 37 yards and three scores. Jed Collins and Keith Rosenberg each had three grabs with Anderson and Ben Woodard the only players with more than one reception.
On the ground sophomore Chris Ivory led the way, gaining 29 yards on eight carriers. Freshman Logwone Mitz had 21 yards on six rushes, Lobbestael had nine yards on his only carry, while senior Kevin McCall carried six times for six yards and freshman Joseph Campbell gained three yards on two rushes.
Four quarterbacks took snaps under center with Brink ending his day connecting on 14 of 22 passes for 127 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Rogers was 4 of 9 for 22 yards and the score while Lobbestael was 2 of 3, both to Anderson, for 33 yards and a score. Sophomore Cole Morgan was 1 of 4 for five yards, connecting with freshman Cornorris Atkins for his only completion.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Cougars accounted for six sacks and held the offense scoreless through the first six possessions. Mullennix had three sacks on the afternoon while sophomores Kevin Kooyman and Andy Mattingly, along with freshman Bryce Buslach, each had one sack. Senior Christian Bass accounted for the day's only interception, swiping a Brink pass and taking it back more than 50 yards before being pushed out just shy of the end zone.
"We are a long way from being where we need to be but we have a few days to get there," said Doba. "It's not like we are playing tomorrow. The thing I think we did do right is we made the right calls on our zone pressures and blitzes. They call those by formation and adjustments. From what I gather we were making the right calls."
The Cougars will hold their second of three fall scrimmages Wednesday afternoon at Martin Stadium. The scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
Rushing - Ivory 8/29, Mitz 6/21, Lobbestael 1/9, McCall 6/6, Campbell 2/3.
Passing - Brink 14/22/1/127/3/16, Rogers 4/9/0/22/1/10, Morgan 1/4/0/5/0/5, Lobbestael 2/3/0/33/1/23.
Receiving - Gibson 4/37 (3 TD), Bumpus 4/40, Collins 3/26, Rosenberg 3/20, Anderson 2/33 (TD), Woodard 2/18, Dillon 1/6, Atkins 1/5, Mooney 1/2 (TD).
Scoring - Gibson 16 pass from Brink; Gibson 6 pass from Brink; Anderson 23 pass from Lobbestael; Gibson 9 pass from Brink; Mooney 2 pass from Rogers.
Interceptions - Bass.
Sacks - Mullennix 3, Kooyman, Mattingly, Buslach.
Punts: Blunt: 55, 54, 40, 34 Avg. 45.6; Forrest 45, 59 Avg. 52.0.