Washington State holds off Stanford surge for victory
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP)—Alex Brink threw for 449 yards and broke the school record for career touchdown passes, leading Washington State to a 33-17 victory over Stanford on Saturday.
In a game marred by fumbles and penalties, Washington State (4-6, 2-5 Pac-10) had 561 yards of total offense and the Cougars withstood a third-quarter rally by the Cardinal (3-7, 2-6).
Brink completed 32 of 47 passes and upped his career yards passing to 10,200. He became only the sixth quarterback in Pac-10 history to surpass 10,000 yards.
Brink’s 12-yard scoring pass to tight end Ben Woodard in the second quarter was the 71st in his career, breaking the school record of 70 set by Jason Gesser from 1999-2002.
Brink wasn’t the only player setting records for WSU.
Senior wide receiver Michael Bumpus caught an 18-yard pass from Brink in the first quarter for the 178th reception of his career, moving past the mark of 177 set by Hugh Campbell from 1960-62.
Bumpus finished with seven receptions for 96 yards. Brandon Gibson had seven catches for 153 yards and tight end Jed Collins had 10 catches for 123 yards.
Christopher Ivory, returning from a concussion, had 15 carries for 104 yards for the Cougars.
Husain Abdullah intercepted Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard’s pass and returned it 55 yards to give the cougars a 33-17 lead late in the game.
Cougars kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi hit field goals of 40, 23, 32 and 31 yards.
Trailing 13-0 at the start of the half, Stanford climbed to within 13-10 before Kevin McCall ran 12 yards to put the Cougars up 20-10.
WSU is the alma mater of Pritchard’s father David and uncle, former Cougars star quarterback Jack Thompson.
Pritchard got off to a shaky start, but finished with 22 of 40 passes for 263 yards. He threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.
Tyrone McGraw and Jeremy Stewart split rushing duties for Stanford and each scored a touchdown. McGraw took a pitch from Pritchard and ran 4 yards to score Stanford’s first TD. Stewart later scored on a 4 yard run to pull the Cardinal within 20-17 in the third quarter.
Stanford was without its best receiver, sophomore Richard Sherman, who sat out the game after being suspended for poor sportsmanship on the sidelines during a loss to Washington last week.
Mark Bradford led Cardinal receivers with 12 receptions for 141 yards.
Stanford kicker Derek Belch kicked a 24-yard field goal after missing attempts from 27 and 38 yards in the first half.