Cougars quarterback jumped into special teams play | Notebook
Marshall Lobbestael lined up as the right wing, but to his chagrin, the Idaho State defender rushed past him and blocked the extra point.
Seattle Times staff reporter
PULLMAN — Just call him Marshall Lobbestael, the all-purpose quarterback.
"Oh man," Lobbestael, Washington State's senior quarterback from Oak Harbor said good-naturedly, "I was hoping nobody noticed."
Well, a few did.
With the Cougars on the way to blowing out Idaho State here Saturday, 64-21, Lobbestael was on the sideline just after linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis had picked off a pass and rambled 67 yards for a touchdown and a 23-0 lead.
Suddenly, it got very interesting for him.
"I don't know why I even had my helmet on, to be honest," Lobbestael said.
In the scramble to assemble a PAT team after Hoffman-Ellis' unexpected touchdown, somebody yelled, "We need two, we need two (blockers)."
John Fullington, offensive tackle, ran out, and suddenly, Lobbestael found himself doing the same thing. This was the quarterback who was suddenly WSU's starter, Jeff Tuel having been injured a few minutes earlier.
Lobbestael, a solid 6-3 and 215 pounds, lined up as the right wing, but to his chagrin, the Idaho State defender rushed past him and blocked the extra point.
It was hardly game-changing, but it disappointed Lobbestael nonetheless.
"I knew where to go," he said. "You see them run PAT every day and you kind of know what to do. Obviously, I didn't do it right, because they blocked the PAT.
"Coach Sturdy (Todd Sturdy, offensive coordinator) said, 'Good job being aware. But don't ever do that again.' I just gotta be smart. It was dumb. I shouldn't have done it."
After recounting the story to reporters, Lobbestael exited an interview room saying, "I'm so mad (at the block). That's going to keep me up tonight."
• Rickey Galvin, a redshirt-freshman speedster from Berkeley, Calif., had seven carries for 64 yards and two touchdowns, a decidedly better day than he experienced in his first game a year ago at Oklahoma State, when he broke his forearm five minutes in and was lost for the season.
Galvin rushed for the Cougars' first score from 11 yards out. Almost more than that, he remembers his initial carry for 7 yards on the game's first play from scrimmage.
"I was really excited to get off the ground after the first carry," he said, "and not be injured."
• Logwone Mitz, the Cougar senior running back from Redmond, wore No. 6 instead of his customary No. 34 to honor former WSU defensive end Cory Mackay of Eastlake High, who was paralyzed from the waist down in an accident in his truck two years ago.
"He's been with Cory through this whole process," said WSU coach Paul Wulff. "Logwone's been awesome. Cory's battling a life-changing experience."
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