BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Sammy Moore caught a 74-yard touchdown
pass and returned a kickoff 97 yards for another score as
Washington State used big plays to beat No. 17 Colorado 47-26 on
The Cougars (2-1), who led 23-13 at halftime, scored 24 straight
points in the first 6:39 of the third quarter to forge a 47-13
lead. Two of those scores came off turnovers by Colorado (2-1).
Matt Kegel threw three touchdown passes for Washington State,
including a 77-yarder to Scott Lunde, and cornerback Jason David
returned an interception 41 yards for another TD.
Colorado backup Erik Greenberg, replacing injured starter Joel
Klatt, threw for three scores. Klatt missed two series in the first
half after bruising his throwing shoulder and departed for good
after reinjuring the shoulder on a sack by linebacker Don Jackson
early in the third quarter.
Washington State seized the momentum on the first play of the
second half. Moore fumbled the kickoff near the goal line, but
picked it up and sprinted to his left and down the sideline for a
97-yard scoring return.
After a Colorado punt, WSU needed just five plays to score
again. Jonathan Smith broke six tackles en route to a 26-yard run
off the right side.
Two plays later, Klatt was sacked by Jackson and fumbled, giving
the Cougars possession at the Colorado 12. Kegel promptly hit
Devard Darling on a 12-yard scoring pass.
Three plays later, safety Erik Coleman intercepted Greenberg and
returned 14 yards to the Colorado 25, setting up Drew Dunning's
39-yard field goal for a 47-13 lead.
Greenberg capped a 73-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard TD pass
to Derek McCoy late in the quarter, then added a 2-yard TD pass to
The Cougars, rebounding from a 29-26 overtime loss to Notre Dame
last week in which they squandered a 19-0 lead, took a 20-6
first-quarter lead on two long TD passes and David's interception
Less than five minutes into the game, Kegel threw over the
middle to a wide open Moore, who broke two tackles near midfield
and completed a 74-yard scoring play.
Colorado countered barely a minute later. Klatt threw a 33-yard
pass to Jeremy Bloom, setting up a 3-yard toss to Klopfenstein, but
Mason Crosby's extra-point attempt was blocked by Steve Cook.
The Cougars added two touchdowns just 1:24 apart late in the
On third-and-3, Lunde slipped past the secondary and caught
Kegel's pass at the 50 for a 77-yard scoring play. Dunning's PAT
hit the left upright.
Greenberg replaced Klatt on the next series and, on his fourth
play, threw into the left flat, where he was intercepted by David,
who returned 41 yards for a touchdown.
Greenberg got the Buffs within a touchdown early in the second
quarter, hitting McCoy on a 46-yard scoring pass.
The Cougars made it 23-13 on Dunning's 43-yard field goal with
less than two minutes left in the half.