The Washington State Cougars just upset the No. 25 USC Trojans. It was the first Pac-12 Conference victory for Cougars head coach Mike Leach and it also breaks an eight game losing streak that the school had against USC. The 10-7 win on Saturday night (September 7) is something that could give the team a huge boost of momentum, especially because it could become a tent-poll victory for the Leach era in Pullman.
After falling behind 7-0 in the second quarter, Damante Horton returned an interception 70 yards to tie up the game 7-7 heading into overtime. The defenses on both sides kept going strong until Andrew Furney connected on a 41-yard field goal with just 3:03 left in the fourth quarter. That ended up being the difference maker as the Cougars held on to shut down the USC offense and close the door on this game.
Connor Halliday had 215 yards passing for the Cougars, but he also had two interceptions that really set the team back. It was the Cougars' defense that really turned out to be the key in this game, though, as they held the USC quarterbacks to just 54 yards passing on the night. In total they allowed only 193 yards, showing that this is a defensive unit that could really cause some damage in the Pac-12 this season.
Next up for the Washington State Cougars is a game against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds next Saturday (September 14).