Sept. 17, 2005
SEATTLE (AP) - Jerome Harrison had his sixth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, running for 104 in the first half, and Washington State defeated Division I-AA Grambling State 48-7 Saturday to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2001.
Alex Brink threw three touchdown passes, but it was an inconsistent performance by a Washington State offense that racked up 534 total yards last week at Nevada. The Cougars finished with 446 yards in their first game against a I-AA team since beating Montana State in 2002.
Harrison finished with 113 yards, and three touchdowns. He eclipsed 100 yards in Washington State's last three games of 2004 and the first two this year. The Cougars are 5-1 during that stretch.
While Harrison found running room, Washington State's defense was stout against the run, holding Grambling (1-1) to just 12 yards rushing.
The Tigers had an opportunity to put the Cougars on their heels early. On Washington State's first offensive play, Brink fumbled and Joshua Bester recovered at the Cougars 18.
Grambling drove to the Cougars' 3, but stalled. Shawn Millson then missed a 26-yard field goal attempt wide left.
Washington State responded, taking the ensuing drive 80 yards in just 2:08, with Harrison scoring his first 1-yard TD.
On the Tigers next offensive play, Terrion Rogers was hit by Mkristo Bruce and fumbled at the Grambling 8. The Cougars' Eric Frampton recovered the fumble and two plays later Harrison scored from the 1.
Brink threw an 18-yard touchdown to Jason Hill in the second quarter, one play after Grambling punter Tim Manuel dropped the snap. Brink added a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Troy Bienemann midway through the third quarter, to put the Cougars up 34-0, and Brink and Hill connected on a 56-yard score early in the fourth quarter.
Hill finished with 10 catches for 143 yards, and Brink was 19-of-29 for 262 yards. The teams combined for 22 penalties.
The Tigers moved the ball at times through the air at times. Quarterback Bruce Eugene was 14-of-30 for 197 yards for the Tigers, but was under consistent pressure by Washington State's defensive line. The Cougars finished with seven sacks.
Grambling finally scored late in the third. On fourth-and-goal at the 11, Eugene passed to Henry Tolbert, who caught the ball while laying on his back, after Washington State safety DeWayne Patterson tipped the pass.
Playing what has become a yearly game in Seattle, the Cougars improved to 3-1 at Qwest Field. Washington State is scheduled to play Baylor in Seattle next year.
Grambling opened the season with a 44-0 win over Alabama A&M last week and played a Division I-A team for the first time since a 29-0 loss to San Jose State in 2003.