Nov. 15, 1997
Troy Walters had a 77-yard punt return for a TD. (file photo)
Cardinal Fall to No. 13 Cougars
PULLMAN, Wash.--Michael Black rushed for 173 yards and the go-ahead touchdown
early in the fourth quarter, and Ryan Leaf threw for two scores
and ran for another as 13th-ranked Washington State kept its
Rose Bowl hopes alive with a 38-28 Pac-10 victory over Stanford.
A 77-yard punt return touchdown by Troy Walters, who caught two
first-half touchdown passes, gave Stanford a 28-27 lead just 28
seconds into the fourth quarter.
Black answered 2:46 later when he scampered four yards into the
end zone and Leaf completed the conversion pass to Shawn
McWashington for a 35-28 edge. Rian Lindell tacked on a 29-yard
field goal with 4:23 to play, helping the Cougars (9-1, 6-1
Pac-10) snap a five-game losing streak against the Cardinal.
Leaf, who completed 23-of-37 passes for 258 yards, ran for a
four-yard touchdown in the first quarter and hooked up with
Chris Jackson eight times for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Black had 27 carries and moved into seventh place on the
school's all-time yards rushing list.
Washington State remained tied atop the Pac-10 with Arizona
State, which beat Oregon, and UCLA, which defeated
Washington. The Cougars host the state-rival Huskies next
Walters finished with eight catches for 118 yards as Stanford
(4-6, 2-5) suffered its fifth straight setback, the school's
longest losing streak since 1989. He has 80 receptions this
season, surpassing Brad Muster for the school's single-season
record. Walters is just 12 yards shy of passing Gene
Washington's Stanford single-season receicing yardage record of
Todd Husak threw both touchdown passes to Walters after
replacing Chad Hutchinson, who left the game with a bruised
thumb after just two plays. Husak was 12-of-27 for 155 yards
but was picked off four times.
Anthony Bookman rushed for 115 yards on 11 carries for Stanford,
which opened the season at 4-1 and had reached number 16 in the
polls. The Cardinal closes their season at home against
California next weekend.
Trailing 14-10, the Cougars came back with a touchdown just 68
seconds before halftime to take the lead. Leaf found Jackson
for a five-yard score, but Lindell missed the extra point and
Washington State took a 16-14 edge at the half.
Leaf, who threw one interception, opened the third quarter with
a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jackson and connected with Nian
Taylor on the two-point conversion for a 24-14 lead. Lindell
added a 21-yard field goal with 7:26 left in the period.
Leaf needs to throw for 349 yards next weekend to break the
single-season conference record of 3,627 passing yards, set by
former Cardinal quarterback Steve Stenstrom in 1993.
Damon Dunn rumbled for a nine-yard touchdown on his only carry
of the game with 56 seconds left in the third quarter, pulling
the Cardinal within 27-21. After Washington State gained just
12 yards on its next possession, Walters posted his second punt
return for a touchdown this season.
The Cougars raced to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Lindell
booted a 52-yard field goal midway through the period, and Leaf
drove the Huskies 78 yards in nine plays and scored on a
four-yard run with 1:50 remaining.
Stanford responded with a pair of touchdowns early in the second
quarter. Husak tossed a 59-yard TD bomb to Walters just 1:05
into the period, and the duo hooked up for a five-yard score
just over five minutes later.
Dorian Bose contributed two sacks and Kevin McKenzie made eight
receptions for 77 yards for Washington State, which had lost the
previous two meetings at home against the Cardinal.