Washington State arrived in LA to play (25) USC with a ton of confidence after nearly knocking off Aubun the previous week. The un-ranked Cougars played USC in the Coliseum in both team’s conference opener and as the PAC12 featured game of the week.
In a game that most thought would be an offensive shootout, both teams defensive units slugged thoughout the game. WSU’s only TD in game came in the 2nd quarter on a Damante Horton 70-yrd. Cougar kicker and NFL candidate Andrew Furney sealed the game with 3:40 left in the 4th quarter by kicking another clutch field goal to put the WSU up 10-7.
With close loss to Auburn and the win against USC, the Washington State Cougars put the PAC12 on notice that the Coach Leach era had finally began. WSU players celebrated their first win in the Coliseum in dozens of years but spoke with quiet confidence in post game interviews about how their off-season work was finally paying off. The Cougars schedule gets a bit easier with games against Southern Utah and Idaho up next on their schedule.