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Updated: Saturday, August 31, 2002 6:30 PM EDT
NCAA FOOTBALL RECAP
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(13) Washington St 31, Nevada 7

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Linebacker Wil Derting should long remember Washington State's latest visit to Seattle.

Derting recorded three interceptions, including a school-record 98-yard return midway through the fourth quarter, as the 13th-ranked Cougars defeated Nevada, 31-7.

It was the first college football game at Seahawks Stadium. Washington State plays the majority of its home games on campus in Pullman.

Derting's long return capped the scoring with 6:42 remaining and broke the previous school mark of 96 yards by Frank Miyaki in 1945.

Jonathon Smith rushed for two touchdowns and Jason Gesser passed for another score to lead the Cougars (1-0), who scored 31 straight points after Nevada (0-1) grabbed a 7-0 lead on Chance Kretschmer's seven-yard TD run with 1:27 left in the first period.

Washington State tied the game on Gesser's 44-yard TD strike to Jerome Riley eight seconds into the second period and made it 14-7 on Smith's two-yard TD run with 27 seconds left in the first half.

After a scoreless third period, the Cougars put away the contest with 17 points in the final quarter.

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