Cougars two-minute drill
News and notes from Washington State at San Diego State
Players of the Game
• Sophomore Ronnie Hillman ran for 191 yards and four touchdowns to help San Diego State improve to 3-0 for the first time in 30 years.
• WSU sophomore Marquess Wilson had the best game of his career with six catches for 236 yards and touchdowns on receptions of 78 and 80 yards.
Play of the Game
Hillman's longest touchdown run was also his biggest run. His 59-yard touchdown, where he broke a tackle, cut to his left and down the sideline, made it 35-24 and sealed the victory for the Aztecs. Hillman's other touchdowns came on runs of 13, 12 and 1 yards.
Early in the third quarter, WSU was called for roughing the punter on fourth-and-three from the SDSU 38. Three plays later, quarterback Ryan Lindley hit Gavin Escobar for a 25-yard touchdown to pull the Aztecs to 24-21. San Diego State score 21 consecutive points after that.
The Cougars were trying for their first 3-0 start since the 2005 season. They opened that season with victories against Idaho (38-26), Nevada (55-21) and Grambling State (48-7). Despite the hot start, the Cougars finished the season 4-7 with their only other victory coming in the Apple Cup, a 26-22 win over Washington.
WSU came in banged up a bit. Besides QB Jeff Tuel, whose fractured left clavicle is scheduled to be X-rayed Sunday, starting center Andrew Roxas missed the game with a sprained right ankle. Only one Cougar was injured during the game as DE Adam Coerper suffered a sprained knee. His status is unknown. DT Brandon Rankin left in the first half with a sore ankle, but had it retaped and finished.
"We talked all week about being able to handle adversity. We've just got to deal with it." — Chris Ball, WSU defensive coordinator, on the Cougars' inability to overcome mistakes in the second half.
By the Numbers
368 This is second consecutive game where Marshall Lobbestael has passed for more than 300 yards. He had 361 last week in a 59-7 victory against UNLV.
7 In 15 career games, Wilson has had more than 100 receiving yards seven times. Before Saturday, the most yards he had in one game came at Stanford last year with 150 yards on six receptions.
3 Andrew Furney has helped ease concerns about WSU's placekicking, hitting a 48-yard attempt to make it 3 for 3 this season on tries beyond 40 yards.
|Sept. 3||Idaho St.||W, 64-21|
|Sept. 10||UNLV||W, 59-7|
|Sept. 17||@SDSU||L, 42-24|
|Oct. 22||Oregon St.||TBD|
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