Washington State University’s improbable 24-15 football victory over UCLA on Saturday left the Cougars in an even more improbable position: tied for first place in the Pacific-10 Conference.
Sparked by Jay Dumas’ 72-yard punt return for a first-quarter touchdown, WSU won its conferenceopening game and is tied with Washington. The Cougars improved to 2-1 overall.
WSU quarterback Chad Davis completed 16 of 25 passes for 151 yards, while running backs Frank Madu and Derek Sparks combined for 171 yards rushing.
The Bruins, the nation’s 16th-ranked team, were unable to erase a 24-0 halftime deficit. Its Pac-10 championship hopes severely damaged, UCLA is 0-2 in the conference and 2-2 overall.
For more on the game, see page C1.
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