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
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
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
"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
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