TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Josh Swogger showed off his arm a week ago
in a rout of Idaho. On Saturday, he showed the mettle of a born
The sophomore quarterback, ignoring a partially torn tendon in
his knee, rallied Washington State twice with fourth-quarter
touchdown passes to Jason Hill and the Cougars opened Pac-10 play
with a 20-19 win over Arizona on Saturday.
"We played the full 60 minutes today," Swogger said. "That's
how you have to play every game in the Pac-10."
The Wildcats (1-3) forced five fumbles and recovered four to
nearly make up for their weak offense, but gave the game away when
Gilbert Harris fumbled with 1:15 left while they were trying to
protect a 19-14 lead.
The play before, Harris ran 6 yards for a first down.
"I did think we were done when Arizona got the first down,"
Washington State coach Bill Doba said. "I knew we only one time
out left, and I was trying to figure out if we had a chance. While
I was trying to figure it out, we got the ball back."
Little-used freshman safety Husain Abdullah recovered on the
Arizona 28, and Swogger covered the distance in three plays,
connecting with Hill for a 15-yard TD with 53 seconds to go.
Swogger's pass for a two-point conversion was knocked down, but
time ran out with the Wildcats deep in their own territory.
"It's seriously like a killer instinct," Swogger said. "We
knew we had to score a touchdown, and the defense had given us
Jerome Harrison scored the first TD for Washington State (3-1)
on a 2-yard run.
Kris Heavner threw 47- and 23-yard scoring passes for Arizona,
the second lifting the Wildcats to a 19-14 lead with 3:52 to play.
Swogger, who had four TD passes last week before tearing his
right posterior cruciate ligament in the third quarter, played with
a brace but still got a first down on a sneak in the first quarter.
He had a 43-yard scoring toss to Hill with 13:22 left in the
fourth for a 14-13 lead.
Arizona took a 13-7 lead into the final quarter thanks mostly to
strong defense. Linebacker Sean Jones recovered two fumbles and
caused another, leading to one of Nick Folk's two field goals.
"We just have to keep our heads up," Jones said. "It's almost
like we are jinxed at home or something. Hopefully the football
gods will help us out next time."
The Cougars had the ball for 11:14 of the first quarter, holding
Arizona to three three-and-outs while eating up time with Swogger's
accurate passing and runs by Harrison, who had 40 yards in the
first quarter and minus-5 the rest of the game.
But they only led 7-0, and their lead vanished on Heavner's bomb
to Steptoe after three possession-changing fumbles in a 20-second
span early in the second quarter.
Nose tackle Carlos Williams caused and controlled Arizona's
second fumble recovery, taking the ball from Chris Bruhn on the WSU
Heavner, under pressure, threw a low-percentage pass for
Steptoe, fronted by 6-foot cornerback Karl Paymah. The 5-9 Steptoe
somehow caught the ball over Paymah at the 6 and stumbled into the
end zone to tie it with 12:28 left in the second.
It was the first TD scored by a Washington State opponent in the
first half this year, but the Cougars recovered to beat Arizona for
the fourth straight time and third in a row in Tucson.
"This was obviously a tough loss," Arizona coach Mike Stoops
said. "We came up with a couple of great plays, but we couldn't
The Cougars' Kyle Basler set a school record with an 87-yard
punt that rolled into the opposite end zone in the fourth quarter,
topping the 83-yarder Gavin Hedrick unleashed in 1975 against
"It was kind of one of those things like a baseball player when
you hit a home run," Basler said. "You don't really feel it."
The punt appeared to be a game-winner with 7:00 left to play,
but Arizona went the distance thanks mostly to Heavner's 38-yard
completion to Ricky Williams.