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WSU Photo Gallery: Cougars collapse against USC, lose 45-14

There were some bright spots, though.

PULLMAN, WA - SEPTEMBER 18: Washington State cornerback Derrick Langford (5) chirps with a USC receiver during the first half of a PAC 12 conference matchup between the USC Trojans and the Washington State Cougars on September 18, 2021, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA. Jack Ellis/CougCenter

For the 75% of students that left at halftime, Washington State football looked to be the superior team in the matchup against USC on a rainy Saturday afternoon. But alas, football is played for 60 minutes, a fact that seemed to elude some of the players as well. Forty-five unanswered points by the Trojans in the final 30:32 dealt the Cougars their first conference loss of 2021 and lit another match under the ever-warming hot seat of head coach Nick Rolovich.

Cornerback Jaylen Watson matched up against future first rounder Drake London all afternoon and it went... poorly. London had 13 receptions for 170 yards and two scores, while Watson ranked second on the team with 6 tackles.

This week’s gold star goes to freshman EDGE Andrew Edson, who set career highs in tackles (6), sacks (1) and tackles-for-loss (3). If Edson can continue his current trajectory, he will be the face of this Cougar D for years to come.

The Cougars will now hit the road for their first away game of the season, facing off against the Utah Utes next Saturday at Rice-Eccles Field. CougCenter was at Gesa Field covering the game’s biggest moments and plays. Enjoy!

Missed previous photo galleries? Check them out below!

9/4/21 - WSU versus Utah State

9/11/21 - WSU versus Portland State