STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Mkristo Bruce acknowledged he got ticked
off this week hearing Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards talk about
how much he enjoyed playing at Washington State.
So Bruce made a point of telling that to Edwards -- again and
Bruce had a school-record five sacks and Mike Graise returned an
interception 33 yards for a touchdown, leading Washington State to
a 36-10 victory over Stanford on Saturday.
"We didn't appreciate that," Bruce said about Edwards talking
about how much he enjoyed playing at Martin Stadium. "The whole
week we just had No. 5, a big poster in our locker. All I could
think about was No. 5. I got my first sack and told him, 'I'm going
to come back. I'm going to come back and get you another time."
Bruce did exactly that, helping the Cougars avenge two straight
home losses to Edwards and the Cardinal.
Alex Brink threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third, and
Jason Hill blocked a punt and caught a touchdown pass for the
Cougars (3-1, 1-0 Pac-10), who won for the fourth straight time at
It was another lopsided loss for the Cardinal (0-4, 0-2), who
matched their worst start since losing the first six games in 1983
on the way to a 1-10 mark.
"Until we can match up physically we will continue to make it
hard on ourselves to have a chance to compete," coach Walt Harris
Stanford once again failed to put on a show at its renovated
stadium and has been outscored 73-19 in the first two home games to
the Cougars and Navy. At least most of the 37,498 who bought
tickets didn't bother to show up to watch this one.
Washington State overcame three lost fumbles to put together a
dominating performance against the Cardinal.
It was a welcome start to the conference season for the Cougars,
who lost their first seven Pac-10 games last year, including a
24-21 defeat to Stanford in which Edwards threw three touchdown
"I think we contained him more than we did last year," Graise
said. "He was a little shaky with the interception and tripping on
This game was never in doubt. By the time Stanford ran its first
play in Cougars territory, the score was already 22-0 early in the
Aaron Zagory kicked a 34-yard field goal on the opening drive of
the second half for Stanford, and the Cardinal got the ball back on
the Washington State 17 after DeMaundray Woolridge fumbled.
But Toby Gerhart fumbled it back two plays later and the Cougars
drove 97 yards to score on Brink's 7-yard pass to Hill, making it
Brink was 21-for-33 for 228 yards. Dwight Tardy ran for 97 yards
and Woolridge added 71.
"We dominated them," Tardy said. "We had fumbles that kind of
messed us up a bit, but we dominated them for four quarters."
Edwards was 14-for-23 for 159 yards and was sacked seven times.
He threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to walk-on Kelton Lynn, but once
again struggled without injured starting receivers Evan Moore and
He was harassed all day by Bruce, who is third on the Cougars'
career list with 25½ sacks.
"What a day by him," defensive coordinator Robb Akey said.
"That was an awesome performance. That's like hitting five homers
in a day. That was a tremendous performance. They brought a back
over to double him and tried different things but he was still able
to create things."
The discrepancy in first-quarter numbers was staggering, yet
Washington State only led 2-0 after 15 minutes. Stanford ran only
three plays for 2 yards, none outside its own 5, while the Cougars
had the ball for 34 plays and gained 181 yards.
The only thing that kept Stanford in the game was a pair of
fumbles by Brink and Tardy deep in Stanford territory. It was so
bad for the Cardinal that they punted on third down on their first
drive and Edwards tripped in the end zone for a safety on the first
play of their second drive.
"That's the way the season has gone so far," Edwards said.
On Stanford's first drive of the second quarter, Edwards tried
to throw a screen to Gerhart, but Graise stepped in front for the
interception and returned it for the score.
"It was a terrible play on my part," Edwards said. "He got
blocked into that throw and I tried to force it instead of throwing
On the next drive, Hill blocked Jay Ottovegio's punt and Graise
recovered at the 13 for the Cougars. That set up Brink's 2-yard
pass to Jed Collins that made it 15-0. Brink added a 1-yard
touchdown run with 1:01 left in the half to make it 22-0.