10:30 PM ET, September 18, 2004
Kibbie Dome, MOSCOW, ID
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- So much for having a bad game.
Josh Swogger threw four touchdown passes -- three to Chris Hill -- and Allen Thompson rushed for two more as "visiting" Washington State routed Idaho 49-8 Saturday in Martin Stadium.
After a shaky performance that caused coaches to bench him last weekend, Swogger came back to complement a strong defennsive effort that frustrated the Vandals and quarterback Michael Harrington before a crowd of about 34,858.
Swogger, a sophomore, threw for 196 yards, completing 12-of-19 passes before injuring his right knee turning the reins over to backup Alex Brink early in the third quarter. Coach Bill Doba said the severity of the injury was not immediately known, but it did not appear to be season-ending.
"I came down on it wrong and it felt funny," Swogger said. "Rather than risk it, they put Alex in. They will reevaluate tomorrow (Sunday), there's no swelling and I can walk on it."
Doba had taken pains this week to reaffirm Swogger would be the Cougars starter despite a poor showing against Colorado.
Swogger showed his coach's confidence was merited, directing a balanced offensive attack against the overmatched Vandals, who had scored just two TDs in two previous games.
"I thought we played well. We caught the ball well this week and that was the biggest problem last week" against Colorado, Doba said. "I thought our receivers did a good job and Josh Swogger did a great job in finding those receivers and getting the ball to them."
Although the game was played in Martin Stadium on the Washington State campus, Idaho was designated the home team under an agreement to help the Vandals meet NCAA Division I attendance minimums.
Washington State (2-1) of the Pacific-10 Conference generated 509 yards of offense, holding Idaho (0-3, 0-1 Sun Belt) to 276 yards.
Hill, a sophomore, was a favorite target, catching three passes for 105 yards. Swogger hit him on a short screen over the middle from the 24, then Hill picked his way through Idaho defenders to complete a 76-yard scoring play to put Washington State up 28-0 with 9:40 remaining in the second quarter.
Hill also caught TD passes of 10 and 13 yards. Swogger also hit Marty Martin on a 13 yard scoring pass after the Cougars recovered a fumbled kickoff on the Idaho 13.
The Cougars also showed they could run, piling up 286 yards and three rushing TDs.
After a 65-yard run by Chris Bruhn, Allen Thompson ran 5 yards to score to put the Cougars up 42-0 in the third quarter, then rumbled 3 yards early in the fourth quarter make it 49-0. Earlier, Jerome Harrison scored on a 19 yard TD run.
Idaho's only score came with 17 seconds remaining, when Brian Nooy hit Ryan Heacock on a 6-yard TD pass, then converted on another pass to Heacock. Nooy completed 6-of-6 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
WSU's defense frustrated the Vandals all evening, forcing six fumbles, recovering three and turning two touchdowns.
Harrington completed 12 of 17 passes for 66 yards and an interception before Nooy came in to relieve him to start the fourth quarter.
"I thought it was a solid performance, but we still need to produce more on our offense," Idaho coach Nick Holt said. "It's not all his fault, we fumbled some balls and got some drives going."
It was not the first time Idaho had used Martin Stadium as its home turf. The Vandals played some home games in Pullman from 1999-2001 to qualify for Division I status under a similar arrangement.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-13||3-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||3-3|
|TD||7:35||JASON HILL 10 YD PASS FROM JOSH SWOGGER (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 59 yards.
|TD||4:16||MARTY MARTIN 13 YD PASS FROM JOSH SWOGGER (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 13 yards.
|TD||13:57||JASON HILL 19 YD PASS FROM JOSH SWOGGER (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||9:40||JASON HILL 76 YD PASS FROM JOSH SWOGGER (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 82 yards.
|TD||12:56||JEROME HARRISON 19 YD RUN (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||10:01||ALLEN THOMPSON 5 YD RUN (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||14:09||ALLEN THOMPSON 3 YD RUN (LOREN LANGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||0:17||RYAN HEACOCK 6 YD PASS FROM BRIAN NOOY (RYAN HEACOCK 2PT PASS FROM BRIAN NOOY)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 68 yards.