FOR THE FIRST TIME since the 2000 season, Washington State was held without a TD, falling to Cal 21-3 Saturday. The D, particularly in the second half, was stout but the offense could not capitalize inside the red zone, with but three points to show for three trips inside the 20-yard line. Presented in living Technicolor, an exclusive crimson and gray pictorial as seen through the CF.C photo lens.
True sophomore Cory Evans wraps up as Mkristo Bruce closes in. Evans had perhaps his best game as a Cougar -- and especially over the first 30 minutes. The Texan's stat line, (four tackles, .5 tackles for loss) fails to tell the full story as Evans helped hold WSU within striking distance of Cal in the first half. Meanwhile, Bruce had three QB hurries plus six tackles, broke up a pass, and the irrepressible Cougar defensive end continues to lead the nation in pass sacks -- **see Notable Note below.
Husain Abdullah provides the last line of defense against Marshawn Lynch. The Cougars' free safety was second on the team in tackles with 10 (5 solo) and notched an 8-yard tackle for loss while picking off a pass to shutter a would-be Cal scoring drive. Meanwhile, powered by a 42-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for Cal, Lynch (152, 25 carries) became just the second back this season to rush for over 100 yards against the WSU defense.
Tyron Brackenridge (four tackles) and Trent (seven tackles and one QB hurry) combine on a stop. The Cougar D held Cal to 353 yards and 21 points, far below their season averages in both categories.
Greg Trent nails Marshawn Lynch. The Cougar defense stopped Lynch for loses on three carries and no gains on two others, but the bottom line saw the running back convert a number of third downs while gaining 152 yards on 25 carries.
Dwight Tardy gives it his all, stretching the ball over the pylon before losing purchase on the pigskin. The pass and run was ruled a touchdown by the officials on the field. But upon further review, Tardy's knee was (correctly) deemed down prior to the ball crossing the goal line and the Cougs' last best chance to mount a comeback when, after the ball was placed on the 1-yard line, Washington State on fourth-and-one failed to score.
LBs Scott Davis and Steve Dildine hold the line while strong safety Eric Frampton goes horizontal. Frampton was the Cougs' leading tackler on the day, with 12 tackles (four solo), plus one interception and a forced fumble. As good a day as he obviously had, Bill Doba, while praising the defensive back's effort, also wondered aloud during a radio interview following the game if Frampton made the right reads/plays on a few plays.
LT Bobby Byrd in his second game back after being shelved for two weeks with a strained MCL, squares off Saturday against Cal in Martin Stadium.
Brandon Gibson set personal bests at WSU with eight catches and 130 receiving yards against Cal.
Alex Brink completes a pass in the third quarter. The Cougar QB completed 19-of 35 passes for 227 yards with one interception on the day,
Because some teams play more games than others, official NCAA stats for Team and Individual pass sacks are compiled on average per game. The Cougars, who play 12 games this season, continue to lead the nation in both categories despite one sack on the day, by Ropati Pitoitua. In team stats, Washington State is averaging four sacks per while also tops in total number of sacks with 28. Cougar defensive end Bruce, who was tantalizingly close on a few occasions but did not log a sack against Cal, continues to lead all D-IA contenders with 10 pass sacks. The country's Top Five in both categories through Week Seven:
DeMaundray Woolridge and the Cougar running back found precious little running room Saturday against Cal. However, as coach Bill Doba noted after the game, the Cougs probably didn't run as much as they probably needed to -- Of 60 offensive plays, the Cougars rushed only 19 times. D-Wool carried only twice, and for no yardage. The Texan sophomore, however, came out of the backfield to catch three passes for 30 yards.
1 Washington State
2 Oregon State
4 Oklahoma State
Gm Solo Ast Yds Total PG
1 Mkristo Bruce,
WSU 7 10 0 58
2 Abraham Wright,
Col. 7 9 0 77
3 Justin Hickman,
UCLA 6 7 1 52
4 Antwain Robinson, Ark.
5 5 1 42 5.5 1.10
5-t Anthony Spencer, Pur. 7
7 1 56 7.5 1.07
Campbell, KSU 7
7 1 40 7.5 1.07
5-t Brian Smith, Missou 7 7 1
60 7.5 1.07