WSU set to take on No. 5 USC in Pullman rivalry game

Oct 01, 2017, 00:34
WSU set to take on No. 5 USC in Pullman rivalry game

There has not been much success for WSU against any USC teams, and even less against top five USC teams.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold gave plenty of fuel to his doubters as the Trojans fell 30-27 on the road to Washington State for their first loss of the season. That was plenty of time for Darnold and USC to march down the field and at least send the game to overtime, right? Both USC and Washington State are undefeated entering Friday night's game, and it's going to be incredible to see them fight to the bitter end to stay undefeated.

The difference was USC and coach Clay Helton always had Darnold as a get-out-jail-free card - until Friday night.

The Trojans were banged up with three freshmen forced to play on the offensive line and several receivers hurting.

Right tackle Chuma Edoga left with an ankle injury, and right guard Viane Talamaivao left with a pectoral issue.

USC's Rasheem Green was helped off the field late in the game and defensive tackle Malik Dorton was down on the field twice during the game. He needed IV treatment and did not make the trip. He had some missed throws and generally was more effective running the ball than he was throwing it.

As for the defeated Trojans, they've got a tough two-game stretch coming up after hosting the Beavers next weekend. There's a strong chance that Darnold ends up being the first quarterback taken off the board and picked in the top-5, but does it mean he's truly National Football League ready? The first came in a come-from-behind Week 1 win over the Western Michigan Broncos.

Darnold ran for two touchdowns, including a game-tying 2-yarder with 5:01 to play.

The offensive line was a factor on the play that sealed the outcome, with no one picking up Washington State linebacker Jahad Woods on the blitz. You may remember Morrow as the guy Leach selected as a team captain because Morrow was on the Price is Right and nearly won the Showcase Showdown.

Rosier didn't have an incomplete pass until well into the second quarter as part of a hot start and wound up finishing with 270 yards, two touchdowns and an interception to go with another 45 yards and a score rushing. He came up big on a 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive that put the Cougars on top 27-20 with 10:14 left in the fourth quarter.

Washington State is 4-0 on the season, 1-0 in the Pac-12 and 2-2 against the spread this year.

While there are now questions regarding Darnold's Heisman candidacy, the bigger concern for he and the Trojans and the mounting injuries especially up front.

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