Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Andrew Furney's 41-yard field goal with
3:03 remaining vaulted Washington State past No. 25 Southern California, 10-7
Damante Horton returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown to provide
Washington State with its lone touchdown.
Connor Halliday completed 26-of-38 passes for 215 yards and two interceptions
and Kristoff Williams caught six passes for 56 yards for the Cougars (1-1, 1-0
Pac-12), who fell to Auburn, 31-24, last week.
Washington State defeated the Trojans for the first time since 2000.
USC's quarterback controversy continued on Saturday with Cody Kessler under
center in the first half and Max Wittek taking over in the second half.
Kessler was a dreadful 8-for-13 for 41 yards and an interception and
Wittek finished 3-for-8 with a crucial interception on the Trojans' final
Once again, the USC defense was stellar, limiting the Cougars offense to
three points on just 223 total yards.
The Trojans (1-1, 0-1) will host Boston College on Sept. 14.
USC scored on its first possession of the second quarter. George Uko forced a
Halliday fumble on the Washington State 36 and Devon Kennard returned it to
the Cougars' 22-yard line.
After Tre Madden was tackled one-yard shy of a first down on 3rd-and-long, the
shifty running back picked six yards on fourth to put the ball on the
Washington State 7-yard line. Justin Davis was then stopped after picking
up three yards before Kessler broke the plane from four yards out to give USC
Later in the first half, Horton picked off Kessler and returned it 70 yards to
tie the game with 27 seconds left.
The Trojans marched 60 yards down the field on their opening possession of the
second half, but came up empty as Andre Heidari had his 32-yard field goal
USC had a chance to take the lead once again and Heidari lined up for a 43-
yard field but pushed it left.
After the teams traded empty possessions, the Cougars finally took the lead.
Halliday found Dom Williams down the left side line for a 50-yard gain to put
the ball on the USC 29, and after Kristoff Williams was stopped short of a
first down, Andrew Furney drilled a 41-yarder to put WSU on top.
On the ensuing drive, a pass interference penalty gave USC a first down at
its own 27. Madden then gained five yards with a rush up the middle, but
Wittek was picked off on the next play, all but sealing the win for the
This was the first meeting between the schools since 2010 ... Washington State
is 13-57 all-time against USC ... USC was without injured running back Silas
Redd, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery ... Madden rushed for 150
yards on 32 carries ... Heisman hopeful Marqise Lee was held to 27 yards
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