SEATTLE (AP) -- Bill Doba looked relaxed, just strolling the
sidelines and enjoying the show.
Jonathan Smith ran 16 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns,
and Washington State gave Doba a victory for his head coaching
debut as the Cougars beat rival Idaho 25-0 Saturday night.
"That was a goal of ours," Smith said. "We wanted to get
coach a win and get our confidence going for next week."
Doba joked last week that he was undefeated and unscored upon as
a head coach, and that's still the case after Washington State
warmed up for next week's visit to No. 20 Notre Dame.
"I was hoping to be undefeated, but I didn't dream we'd be
unscored upon," Doba said. "Our defense made some big plays. We
had three interceptions. That helps."
The longtime defensive assistant was promoted after Mike Price
left after 14 seasons to take over at Alabama. Doba looked at ease
all night, walking the sideline with several laminated cards
stuffed into his pockets.
"It's easier, really," Doba said. "You just decide if you're
going to go for 1, go for 2 or kick the field goal. When you're
coordinating, you're calling every play for the defense. You get
worn out pretty quick."
Smith had a great performance, and backup Chris Bruhn added 118
yards on nine carries. The Cougars rushed for 339 yards, their best
rushing output since gaining 318 yards in a 54-14 victory over
Montana State in 1993.
"It was a good effort by our defense and our offensive line
proved we can run the ball," Doba said.
Drew Dunning kicked field goals of 46, 42, 29 and 35 yards and
Matt Kegel, replacing Washington State career passing leader Jason
Gesser, completed 12 of 21 passes for 108 yards with one
"The way the offense runs the ball that successfully, it's kind
of hard for a quarterback to stay sharp," Kegel said. "The
coaches did a great job of calling some short passes. The reads
were better tonight and came to me. I felt comfortable."
It was the 86th meeting between the schools, separated by eight
miles on the rolling wheat fields of the Palouse. This time, they
moved their rivalry 300 miles and still drew a crowd of 50,113.
Washington State leads the series 66-17-3 and won its third
straight over the Vandals (0-1).
"Overall, I am very pleased with my team's effort," said Idaho
coach Tom Cable. "I thought they played harder and longer than
they have in the past three years."
Last year, the Cougars beat Nevada 31-7 at 67,000-seat Seahawks
Stadium and attracted 63,588 fans.
Smith's second TD, on a 2-yard run late in the third quarter,
put the Cougars ahead 16-0. It was set up when Virgil Williams
intercepted a pass thrown by Idaho's Michael Harrington, the
younger brother of NFL quarterback Joey Harrington.
Smith broke a 49-yard run early in the second quarter, leading
to his 6-yard TD run and a 7-0 lead. It was 10-0 at halftime after
Dunning connected on his 46-yarder with 1:51 left before the break.
Smith finished the first half with 121 yards rushing on nine
Idaho's Brian Pope missed two first-half field goals, both
blocked by 6-foot-8 Washington State tight end Cody Boyd. He
swatted Pope's 39-yard try early in the second quarter and got a
hand on a 42-yard attempt at the end of the half.