Football Downs Rival Huskies, 41-35
SEATTLE - Washington State University is Rose Bowl bound for the first time in 67 years, having earned a share of the Pacific-10 Conference football championship for the first time since the 1930 season. To do so Ryan Leaf accounted for three touchdowns and 358 yards and freshman Lamont Thompson picked off three Washington passes as the Cougars improved to 10-1 with a 41-35 victory over the Huskies before a sellout crowd of 74,268.
The win was WSU's first in Husky Stadium since 1985 and the team's second in the last four years. WSU's 10 wins equals the most ever by a Cougar team, equalling the 10 wins by the 1929 team.
Washington jumped out to an early 7-0 lead by driving 71 yards on their first possession, but the Cougars took control in the second quarter with 17 unanswered points, then responded to every Washington challenge in the second half. Leaf scored once on a dive into the endzone and tossed a pair of scoring passes to senior Chris Jackson, who had a career day with eight catches for 185 yards. Jackson's first TD reception came on a 57-yard catch and run play that put WSU on top for good 14-7 midway through the second quarter. His second came late in the third quarter and covered 50 yards after the Huskies had drawn to within three points, 24-21. Leaf scored from one yard out early in the fourth quarter, while Michael Black busted loose on an eight-yard run for WSU's opening score. Junior offensive lineman Rob Rainville also fell on a Black fumble in the Husky endzone, a score that put WSU up 24-7 in the third quarter.
While WSU's offense was piling up 520 yards on the nationally ranked Huskies, WSU's defense picked off five Brock Huard passes, three by Thompson. Ray Jackson and Dee Moronkola also picked off Washington passes. Huard completed 18 of 36 passes for 283 yards and four scores, but his five interceptions led to WSU's first 17 points. Thompson, who didn't become a regular until the last three games of the year, was all over the field, making a team-high 12 tackles. Steve Gleason and Todd Nelson backed him up with six stops apiece.
WASHINGTON STATE 0 17 14 10 41 WASHINGTON 7 0 21 7 35
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