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The Washington State football team had a simple goal during the 2003 season as it traveled to the Rocky Mountains for game at No. 17 Colorado. Finish the game; that is what Cougar coaches urged to their squad to do leading up to the Sept. 13 contest.
Led by Matt Kegel's three touchdown passes including a 74-yard bomb to Sammy Moore and 77-yard scoring strike to Scott Lunde in the first quarter, the Cougars routed the Buffaloes 47-26.
Using strong offensive execution, the Cougs increased their 23-13 halftime lead with 24 points in the first 6:39 of the third quarter. Moore's 97 yard kickoff return for a touchdown highlighted the explosion.
The win at Boulder was WSU's first road win against a top 25 opponent since knocking off No. 23 Stanford in 2001. Kegel's career-high of 310 yards, connecting on 17 of 33 passes, earned him the honor of being named Pacific-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The Cougars entered the national rankings the next week, climbed as high at sixth in the country in midseason, and finished the campaign at No. 15.
This win propelled the Cougars forward on a six-game winning streak leading to a berth in the Holiday Bowl. In San Diego, Washington State defeated No. 5 Texas 28-20 to cap a third-straight 10-win season.
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