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September 6, 2009 in Sports
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WSU linebacker #46 Louis Bland knocks heads with Stanford quarterback #12 Andrew Luck and has to leave the game for a few plays after this first half play at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU defensive back #21 Chima Nwachukwu flies through the air but misses the tackle on Stanford running back #7 Toby Gerhart during second-half action of their PAC-10 conference game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU running back Dwight Hardy tries to gain 5 yards but is stopped by the Stanford defense on fourth down during second-half action of their PAC-10 conference game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU running back James Montgomery cuts and makes a Stanford tackler miss him during a kickoff return during second-half action of their PAC-10 conference game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU Head Coach Paul Wulff gives Jeffrey Solomon a pat on the butt after he threw a long pass on a reverse play during second-half action of their PAC-10 conference game at Martin Stadium in Pullman against Stanford on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU quarterback #9 Kevin Lopina, left, tries to throw a block after handing off on a reverse to wide receiver #12 Jeffery Solomon, who proceed to throw a long pass, against Stanford during second-half action of their PAC-10 conference game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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Jared Karstetter of WSU wraps up the ball as Stanford defender #9 Richard Sherman tries to rip it away after a pass from wide receiver Jeffery Soloman during their PAC-10 conference game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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The WSU fans still have fun even after their Cougs fall behind against Stanford during their PAC-10 conference game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU defenders swarm to stop Stanford running back Toby Gerhart on this play but were unable to contain him for the entire game, which the Cougars lost 39-13 at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU wide receiver Jared Karstetter controls a pass as Stanford defender Richard Sherman reaches in at right during second-half action of their PAC-10 conference game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU quarterback Kevin Lopina throws a swing pass during second-half action against Stanford in their PAC-10 conference game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU wide receiver Jared Karstetter fights Stanford defensive back Richard Sherman as he lands in the end zone with the Cougars’ first touchdown of the game and season during second-half action of their PAC-10 conference game in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU wide receiver Jared Karstetter fights Stanford defensive back Richard Sherman as he lands in the end zone with the Cougars’ first touchdown of the game and season during second-half action in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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As the PAC-10 conference game between WSU and Stanford gets to the opening festivities, the crowd only fills about half of Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Capacity of the stadium is 35,000 and the announced attendance was 22,386. A swine flu outbreak on campus has sickened more than 2,000 students in recent weeks.

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WSU running back James Montgomery stretches out to get out of the end zone and avoid a safety as two Stanford defenders try to tackle him during their game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU running back James Montgomery straight-arms Stanford’s #94 Thomas Keiser during their game in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU players celebrate as the defense stops Stanford at the 1 yard line during their game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck watches the ball bounce away as WSU defenders Travis Long, left, and Andy Mattingly tackle him during their game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU middle linebacker #43 Alex Hoffman-Ellis jumps to deflect a pass meant for Stanford’s #82 Coby Fleener during their game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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WSU defensive end Travis Long sacks Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck for a loss during their game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

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The stress of gameday shows on the face of WSU Head Coach Paul Wulff as his Cougs fall behind Stanford in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.