Cougars Edge Wildcats 20-19
Sept. 25, 2004
By MEL REISNER
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Swogger, ignoring a partially torn tendon in his knee, rallied Washington State twice with fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Jason Hill and the Cougars opened Pac-10 play with a 20-19 win over Arizona on Saturday.
The Wildcats (1-3) forced five fumbles and recovered four to nearly make up for their weak offense, but gave the game away when Gilbert Harris fumbled with 1:15 left while they were trying to protect a 19-14 lead.
Little-used safety Husain Abdullah recovered on the Arizona 28, and Swogger covered the distance in three plays, connecting with Hill for a 15-yard TD with 53 seconds to go. Swogger's pass for a two-point conversion was knocked down, but time ran out with the Wildcats deep in their own territory.
Jerome Harrison scored the first TD for Washington State (3-1) on a 2-yard run.
Kris Heavner threw 47- and 23-yard scoring passes for Arizona, the second lifting the Wildcats to a 19-14 lead with 3:52 to play.
Swogger, who had four TD passes last week before tearing his right posterior cruciate ligament in a 49-8 win over Idaho, played with a bulky brace on his knee. He had a 43-yard scoring toss to Hill with 13:22 left in the fourth quarter for a 14-13 lead.
Arizona took a 13-7 lead into the final quarter thanks mostly to strong defense. Linebacker Sean Jones recovered two fumbles and caused another, leading to one of Nick Folk's two field goals.
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