Sept 7, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - Devard Darling and Jonathan Smith each had three touchdowns as 11th-ranked Washington State beat Idaho 49-14 Saturday.
Washington State (2-0) won the Battle of the Palouse against its cross-border rival by sacking Idaho quarterback Brian Lindgren six times - three by Rien Long.
Lindgren still completed 33 of 49 passes for 267 yards and an interception, but the Vandals (0-2) gave up 500 yards for the second straight week. Washington State had 517, a week after Boise State piled up 503 against Idaho.
Darling, a wide receiver who transferred from Florida State, caught scoring passes of 15 and 41 yards from Jason Gesser. Darling also scored on a 15 yard reverse.
Smith, a reserve running back, scored on runs of 1, 7 and 7 yards. He carried 12 times for 121 yards, including a 52-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
Gesser was 12-of-16 for 220 yards and three touchdowns to go with an interception. His other TD pass was a 37-yarder to Mike Bush, who had four catches for 108 yards.
Washington State discovered its running game, a week after gaining just 108 yards in a victory over Nevada. The Cougars had 240 yards this time.
The Vandals, who had to travel just eight miles from their campus in Moscow, Idaho, were overmatched from the start.
Lindgren fumbled the exchange on the second play of the game, and Will Derting recovered for the Cougars on the Idaho 15. Darling ran a reverse 15 yards to score with 50 seconds gone in the first quarter.
Lindgren fumbled when Fred Shavies sacked him, setting up Gesser's 15-yard TD pass to Darling.
Smith scored from the 1-yard line to make it 21-0 early in the second quarter. His pair of 7-yard scoring runs came at the end of the fourth quarter.
Idaho's first score came when Lindgren hit Josh Jelmberg with a 7-yard pass. Cedric Thompson set up the score with a 55-yard punt return to the Washington State 22 with 1:50 left in the second quarter.
Gesser responded with the 37-yard strike to Bush, completing a four-pass, 80-yard drive that made it 28-7 at halftime.
Marcus Trufant ended an Idaho threat late in the second period, intercepting a pass by Lindgren intended for Jelmberg at the Washington State 3.
By JOHN K. WILEY
Associated Press Writer