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Pac-10: Gesser sets more records for first-place WSU

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November 3, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- After Jason Gesser broke another of Jack Thompson's records, he planned to give an autographed game ball to "The Throwin' Samoan."

Gesser threw for three touchdowns and broke Thompson's school mark for career yards passing Saturday as Washington State took sole possession of first in the Pac-10 with a 44-22 win over Arizona State.

"It means the world to me," Gesser said. "He has taken me under his wing."

Gesser was 18-of-32 for 250 yards and was intercepted twice. A 5-yard pass to Jerome Riley with 11:25 left gave Gesser 7,823 yards passing, breaking the mark of 7,818 Thompson set from 1975-78. Gesser also set a WSU record for touchdown passes with 62, surpassing Ryan Leaf (60, 1995-97). Gesser broke Thompson's school record for total offense Oct. 26.

Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs, who leads the NCAA with 181/2 sacks, had one.

The Cougars stopped Arizona State twice on downs inside the 3-yard line. ASU had 37 yards rushing and allowed 135.

The Cougar defense showed no ill effects of a locker room fight Tuesday that resulted in the suspension of linebacker Ira Davis for breaking cornerback Jason David's right cheekbone. Davis was suspended indefinitely; David will miss 6-8 weeks.

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OREGON 41, STANFORD 14: Jason Fife threw three touchdowns and ran for one for the Ducks, who had lost their previous two at home.

"It was a great effort in the first half, a workmanlike effort in the second," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. "It's much more fun to sit here and talk about this after a win, making ourselves bowl eligible, and ensuring a winning season."

The Ducks, coming off home losses to Arizona State and Southern Cal, beat Stanford for just the second time in six tries at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon starting tailback Onterrio Smith was out with a minor knee injury; he's expected to return Saturday against WSU. Terrence Whitehead ran for 132 yards on 29 carries in Smith's place.

Except for Jason Siegel's field goal with 1:20 left, the Ducks did all their scoring in the first half, building a 38-7 lead.

UCLA 34, WASHINGTON 24: Tyler Ebell ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns to lead the visiting Bruins.

UCLA linebacker Spencer Havner sealed the win with 1:17 to play by intercepting Cody Pickett and returning it 41 yards for a score.

The Huskies were sluggish most of the night but pulled to 27-24 with 8:36 left when Pickett threw in the right flat to Paul Arnold, who curled around cornerback Joe Hunter and ran untouched 66 yards down the sideline.

Freshman quarterback Drew Olson was 13-of-27 for 189 yards without an interception for the Bruins in his first start.

OREGON ST. 38, ARIZONA 3: Steven Jackson ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns for the host Beavers. Derek Anderson passed for 239 yards and a score for Oregon State. Arizona remained the only winless team in the Pac-10 and had minus-23 yards rushing and 93 yards total. After Anderson scored on a 1-yard keeper, he hit James Newson for an 86-yard score to put Oregon State ahead 21-0.

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