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The day after USC

NCAA Football: Washington State at Southern California Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The USC Trojans began their first possession of the second quarter at their own 20-yard line. They would find the WSU end zone just 7 plays later with Kedon Slovis hitting Tyler Vaughns for a 35-yard score.

It wasn’t an ideal start to the final three quarters for the Washington State Cougars, but they responded with a touchdown drive of their own. An 11-play, 75-yard, grinder that ended with Travell Harris rushing 5 yards for a score. Blake Mazza missed the extra point to make it a 7-6 score for the final three quarters.

Those were the final points on the first half. The second half was a defensive battle. The Cougs turned up pressure, making a number of plays behind the line of scrimmage. The Trojans were able add a field goal to take 10-6 final three quarter lead. However, Gunner Cruz came on in relief and put the Cougs up for good. The redshirt freshman connected with Renard Bell for a 6-yard touchdown with 1:37 to play.

That gave the Cougars a 13-10 lead in the final three quarters. And they were able to hold onto it for the final 97 seconds, with USC mustering little offense to close out the game.

Unfortunately, USC opened the game with four touchdown drives to take a 28-0 first quarter lead and won the game 38-13. But the last three quarters were all WSU.



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