Another strong showing from WSU defense

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Quarterback Jeff Tuel threw four touchdown passes and the Washington State defense forced four turnovers during a spring scrimmage in front of a couple hundred fans in Martin Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Tuel went 22-of-47 for 200 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions as the offense started a majority of the drives from its own 40 before finishing the day with some red zone work. The defense won the day, forcing four turnovers, blocking a field goal attempt and making a fourth-down stop. Linebackers Darryl Monroe and Tana Pritchard each picked off passes with Pritchard’s pick and Cyrus Coen’s fumble recovery each whistled dead but both were headed the other way for touchdowns.

Another strong showing from WSU defense

Quarterback David Gilbertson opened the day completing his first six passes for 52 yards on the first drive, leading the No. 2 offense down to the one yard line before Teondray Caldwell punched it in over the right side.

The No. 1 offense’ first drive ended when Monroe picked off a Tuel pass but Tuel eventually led the offense into the end zone, finding Bennett Bontemps for a 10-yard score. The No. 3 offense and defense squared off in 7-vs.-7 with Cody Clements connecting with wideout Rahmel Dockery in the left corner for a four-yard score.

Tuel later hit Andrei Lintz for a two-yard touchdown pass before finding Marquess Wilson in the end zone for a 10-yard score. During a couple series that started in the red zone, running back Carl Winston recorded a pair of five-yard touchdown runs before Tuel found Bobby Ratliff for a one-yard score.

The defense was highlighted by a pair of forced fumbles. Logan Mayes also blocked a field goal attempt and a Mathew Bock fourth down stop. The day ended with one final series that started at the seven yard line. Defensive tackle Xavier Cooper stopped Carly Winston for a one yard gain on first down, cornerback Damante Horton broke up Tuel’s pass intended for Isiah Myers on second down and Winston was stopped at the three by a couple defenders on third down which coach Mike Leach awarded a win for the defense.

Kicker Andrew Furney connected from 38 yards but saw his 43-yard attempt blocked and his 51-yard attempt miss while fellow kicker Michael Bowlin made from 47 yards but missed from 44 and 52.

The Cougars continue spring drills Tuesday at 3:10 p.m.