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WSU vs. USC: Cougs defeat Trojans, 10-7, behind stellar defense

The Cougars hadn't played USC since 2010, and that game wasn't close. But WSU proved the talent gap isn't as big as it once was with an upset victory in Los Angeles.

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A closer look at how USC stymied WSU's offense

USC combated a lot of the things WSU did well against Auburn. Here's a closer look at what made the Trojans so effective and where WSU can go from here.


Let's talk about Connor Halliday

There's more to gain by letting him grow against two weaker opponents than there is by starting over again with Austin Apodaca.


Listen to a replay of the CougCenter Hour

We look back at the victory formation (seriously, I can't marvel at it enough) in the Los Angeles Coliseum and ahead to the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.


Horton, Pole earn CougCenter POTW honors

Three players took home POTW honors, and none of them played on offense.


Grading the Three Things: Great marks for WSU

In general, the team passed with flying colors. Connor Halliday ... not as much.


GALLERY: The best images from WSU-USC

The Cougs' upset victory over the Trojans led to some pretty cool pictures in the SB Nation photo tool. This is a collection of some of the better photos from the amazing game.


Postgame interviews from WSU's win over USC

Hear what Mike Leach and players had to say after the victory.


WSU-USC: Highlights, stats and notes

Relive last night's victory over the Trojans with some moving pictures.


It's a Twitter celebration, y'all

The Cougars beat the Trojans and fans, players, coaches and others took to Twitter to celebrate. Here is a sampling of the reaction.


HCA: Sunday morning victory links, USC edition

There is no headline I enjoy writing more. It's time for victory links.


WSU defense leads Cougs to upset of No. 25 USC

It wasn't pretty, but the Cougs figured out a way to win behind a pair of Damante Horton interceptions.


Cougars tied with Trojans at the half, 7-7

With 30 minutes in the books, the WSU Cougars are tied with the USC Trojans, 7-7, at halftime from the L.A. Coliseum.

The Cougars looked as if they'd be heading into the locker room trailing, but Damante Horton picked off a horrendous pass by starting USC quarterback Cody Kessler and took it 70 yards to the house for the tying touchdown.

The game has been filled with mistakes by both teams. The Cougars have experienced more of the same issues against USC that ultimately kept them from beating Auburn last week: Untimely turnovers from quarterback Connor Halliday.

Like last week, Halliday has been alternately very good and very awful. At times, he has looked very efficient, but an untimely interception in the end zone thwarted the Cougs' first chance at a score, and a fumble while trying to avoid a sack led to USC taking the lead. He committed his third turnover near the end of the half with an interception on third and long, underthrowing a well-covered receiver.

His stat line: 14-of-23 for 121 yards, two interceptions, one fumble lost, zero touchdowns.

The defense, to its credit, has been solid. Some of that has surely been due to some conservative play calling by Lane Kiffin -- the Trojans have run the ball plenty (16 times vs. 13 passes) -- but the Cougs have been aggressive and physical, as they were last week. USC has gained just 59 yards -- total -- on 29 plays.

WSU has gained 126 yards on 35 plays.


WSU-USC open game thread!

TV schedule, game time, previews and more. And oh yeah - talk about the game with other fans!


What to watch for: Halliday's run checks

What can running the ball well do for a passing offense? So very much. The Cougs will try to keep it up against the Trojans tonight.


Three Things: USC edition

What do we want to see today? Another strong performance, for starters.


Gabbing about the Cougs on the radio

I joined Luke Byrnes on KGA 1510 in Spokane this morning to talk about the Cougs. The audio is at the link, and I come in at the 1:18:00 mark. Just in case you haven't grown tired of listening to me flap my gums about the team.


HCA: USC gameday morning links

It's another Cougar Football Saturday and we have some links to pass the time.


How to watch/listen to WSU vs. USC

The Cougars and Trojans face off on Saturday night. Find out when and how to watch here.

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