PULLMAN, Wash. -- Third-string quarterback Marshall Lobbestael came off the bench to throw two touchdown passes for Washington State in a 48-9 victory over Portland State today.
It's the first win of the season for the Cougars and also their first under coach Paul Wulff, but it was costly for the team nonetheless. Starting quarterback Kevin Lopina and backup Gary Rogers both left the game with injuries, and Rogers was taken off the field in an ambulance in the third quarter. He complained of neck pain after taking a shot to the helmet that resulted in a roughing the passer call against Aaron Dickson of Portland State.
Rogers is now out for the season with what is being called a non-surgical spine injury.
The Vikings, a Championship Subdivision member of the Big Sky Conference, came in averaging nearly 400 passing yards but generated little offense against the Cougars of the Pacific-Ten Conference Washington State had 638 yards on total offense to avoid opening the season withfour losses for the first time since 1999.