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Pac-10: WSU still 1st thanks to backup

By Wire services
Published November 16, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - Josh Swogger settled down Saturday after he threw his first college touchdown pass.

"I said to myself, "Finally,"' the freshman backup said after coming off the bench and helping Washington State beat Arizona State 34-19.

Swogger, who took the majority of snaps in practice, replaced starter Matt Kegel in the second quarter with the score tied at 10 and led two long scoring drives, keeping the Cougars half a game ahead of Southern Cal atop the conference.

Swogger hit former Florida State receiver Devard Darling for a 22-yard touchdown to make it 24-10 just before halftime. Swogger completed 14-of-20 for 207 yards and a TD.

Kegel was 5-of-11 for 77 yards and an interception. He returned for the final two downs.

"There were four big plays; a blocked punt, interception returned for a touchdown, and two long passes over our head," ASU coach Dirk Koetter said. "When we had our chances, we just didn't capitalize."

SOUTHERN CAL 45, ARIZONA 0: Mike Williams is on a record run and Southern Cal is gaining momentum in its bid for a shot at the national title.

Williams, a Plant High graduate, had 11 catches for 157 yards, including TDs of 15, 22 and 26 yards, for the visiting Trojans. He sat out the final 11/2 quarters.

He tied a school record for touchdown catches in a game and, with 26 career, broke the school mark of 25 set by Kevin Williams from 1977-80.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," said Williams, a sophomore. "If I have the career touchdown record and we don't finish the season out the way I think we can, then it's not that big a deal."

The Trojans are second in the BCS standings. If they stay there they'll appear in the Sugar Bowl for the national title game.

CALIFORNIA 54, WASHINGTON 7: Geoff McArthur had six catches for a career-high 180 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown in the opening seconds, and the Golden Bears set a school record with 729 total yards.

Aaron Rodgers was 20-of-33 for a career-high 348 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score to help end a 28-year home losing streak to the Huskies. It was Cal's most lopsided win in the series since a 72-3 thumping in 1921.

The Huskies did little right as coach Keith Gilbertson returned to Memorial Stadium to face his former team for the first time since taking over when Rick Neuheisel was fired during the summer.

OREGON 31, UCLA 13: Kellen Clemens passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns and Kenny Washington returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score as the visiting Ducks took command early. Clemens was 14-of-18 for 154 yards in the first half and 21-of-27 overall without no interceptions as Oregon took a 31-6 lead. Jason Fife, who usually shares time, entered for the first time with 3:37 left.

OREGON ST. 43, STANFORD 3: Derek Anderson passed for 383 yards and four touchdowns and Mike Hass had eight catches for 225 yards and two scores for the host Beavers. Tim Euhus, a senior tight end in his final game at Reser Stadium, had six catches for 61 yards and two TDs. The Beavers took a 14-3 first-quarter lead on Anderson's 9-yard touchdown to Euhus and a 52-yard score to Hass.

[Last modified November 16, 2003, 01:34:40]


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