DUNN ESCORTS ABDULLAH TO PAYDIRT
PULLMAN—Senior defensive back Husain Abdullah returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown with just over 3 minutes remaining to secure a Washington State win against Stanford today. The 33-17 victory kept the Cougars’ (4-6) bowl hopes alive. If Wazzu comes out on top in their final two contests--against Oregon State and UW-- they’ll have the necessary 6 wins to be considered bowl eligible.
A plethora of miscues and squandered red zone opportunities overshadowed record setting performances by two senior Cougars.
Receiver Michael Bumpus broke the school’s career reception record early in the game, surpassing the legendary Hugh Campbell’s 45 year old mark of 176 catches. Bump finished the game with 7 grabs for 96 yards.
“I was just relieved,” Bumpus said on getting the record. “I kind of dropped the first one they threw to me and I was just happy it was over with and excited at the same time. I really just wanted to share it with the team, and it’s in
the books now.”
Bumpus, who said it was easy regaining focus into “game mode” after breaking the record, took the ball and threw it to a trainer on the sidelines. He said he’ll give the ball to his mother when she is in town next week for senior
Bumpus also broke Kitrick Taylor’s career punt return yards record. In the first quarter, Bumpus fielded a Jay Ottovegio punt, danced behind his blockers for a second or two, then took off on a 45-yard return to break the record. He now has 809 career return yards.
Alex Brink’s second quarter touchdown pass to tight end Ben Woodard broke Jason Gesser’s career TD passing record of 70. Brink completed 32 of 47 passes for 449 yards against the Cardinal.
“It’s obviously an awesome feeling getting a record like that in a win, you know, being a part of something for the last five years that a lot of people have gone into that,” Brink said after the game. “All the receivers that have
caught balls, all the o-lineman, everybody.
“It’s awesome to sit back and reflect a little on that. At the same time we’re getting ready for a big game against Oregon State. It’s definitely something I’m a little more focused on than the record.”
Three Cougars passed the century mark in yardage against Stanford. Wide out Brandon Gibson snagged 7 passes for 152 yards, tight end Jed Collins caught 10 for 123 hashes, and running back Chris Ivory rushed the ball 15 times for 104 yards.
Two other WSU game records came close to being set. Romeen Abdollmohammadi was successful on four field goal attempts (from 40, 23, 32, and 31 yards), just one shy of the record 5 set by Drew Dunning in 2003. The Cougs were within field goal range on two other occasions during the contest, but chose to go for it on fourth down, coming up empty both times. Abdollmohammadi’s 14 total points is just 2 shy of the mark shared by current NFL Cougars Jason Hanson (1989) and Rian Lindell (1997).
- Brink’s 449 passing yards brings his career total to an even 10,200. Brink became only the eighth Pac-10 quarterback to reach 10,000 yards passing.
- The consensus among players and coaches after the game was that it was tough letting Stanford march down the field on a number of occasions, but having the Cardinal come away with few points did make a difference for the entire team.
- Bill Doba did say he probably should have kicked a field goal on a couple of the fourth downs when the team went for it. At the time, Doba said, if the team got the touchdown, they would have put Stanford away.
- Abdullah, who led all defenders with 14 tackles, was seen up on the line of scrimmage on several plays. He credited this to backup quarterback Cole Morgan, who noticed Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard waving his arms whenever a running play was called.
WSU CAREER RECEPTION LEADERS
1.) Michael Bumpus, 183
2.) Hugh Campbell, 176
3.) Phillip Bobo, 148
Jason Hill, 148
4.) Doug Flansburg, 140
Nian Taylor, 140
5.) C.J. Davis, 128
WSU CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASSES
1.) Alex Brink, 71
2.) Jason Gesser, 70
3.) Ryan Leaf, 59
4.) Jack Thompson, 53
5.) Drew Bledsoe, 46
WSU CAREER PUNT RETURN YARDS
1.) Michael Bumpus , 809 yards
2.) Kitrick Taylor, 781 yards
3.) Bill Sewell, 706 yards
4.) Jay Dumas, 705 yards
5.) Jerry Williams, 700 yards