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WSU-Grambling: Highs and Lows

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High point

After getting a scare when Grambling State recovered a fumble deep in WSU territory just minutes in, the Cougars put a quick end to any fears when Jerome Harrison scored on two 1-yard touchdown runs within a minute midway through the first quarter. The first came after an 80-yard drive, the second was prompted by another fumble, this time going the other way. The Cougars never necessarily hit on all cylinders, but the short burst of points was enough to put away the Tigers.

Low point

As if beating up on the visiting team wasn’t bad enough, the Cougar band one-upped its on-field counterpart by blasting out the team’s fight song while Grambling’s band was attempting to finish its own alma mater. No one is accusing the WSU band of intentionally trying to slight the visitors, but it didn’t exactly make for the most hospitable act of the day. Joining forces shortly thereafter on the field helped make up for it, however.

Play of the game

Tight end Cody Boyd missed all of fall camp and the first two games because of bone cysts in his right heel. WSU trainers gave him the go-ahead for Saturday, and the junior made good on it. Taking his first snap of the season in the fourth quarter, Boyd caught a pass from Josh Swogger and went 39 yards, nearly getting into the end zone but finishing his catch-and-run with a powerful burst into two tacklers nonetheless. Not a bad way to start the year, even belatedly.

Player of the game

He didn’t see significant action until well after the game was over, but true freshman running back DeMaundray Woolridge went over the century mark on the ground for a second straight week anyway. Woolridge’s 105 yards on 18 carries also made him the first freshman in school history to run for 100 yards twice. WSU might not be in such bad hands after all if Harrison is forced to the sidelines this year.

Stat of the game

The Cougars had three scoring drives of less than a minute Saturday – all touchdown drives – matching the three quick-strike possessions they had against both Idaho and Nevada. This year’s total of nine is fast approaching 2004’s 14 scoring drives of less than 60 seconds.

Glenn Kasses

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