30-27 Cougars Win
In a football game that delivered magnificently on its promise, Washington State toppled the mighty Trojans, tearing the ball from Sam Darnold’s hands with less than two minutes on the clock. It was an emphatic announcement of the Cougar’s final step in a steady, years-long upward climb that has resulted in an emerging path to the college football playoff.
Jamal Morrow Shines
Tonight we get to talk about a Washington State player who isn’t the quarterback. Jamal Morrow was the difference tonight, with 138 yards from scrimmage on just 11 touches- 12.5 yards per play. Morrow had two touchdowns and several crucial gains, refusing to relent against a punishing and aggressive Trojans defense. The rest of the team performed, but Morrow was undoubtedly the star.
Darnold’s Struggles Continue
Sam Darnold continues to flounder, a handful of impressive plays and notable passes not sufficient to overcome the storyline of his stats tonight: 15/29 for 164 yards and an interception. His fumble on the last Trojans’ drive cost the team the game. He’s on pace to nearly double his interception total from last season, and it’s perhaps past time the problems with his play have spelled a loss for USC. The Trojans offense must do some soul searching this week, stymied by an impressive WSU defense.
USC doesn’t have a bye week this year- a punishing schedule quirk given the murderers’ row that is the PAC 12. They get the closest thing to it on Saturday, a matchup against the Beavers. Washington State gets no respite, meanwhile, having to travel to Autzen stadium to take on the high-flying Oregon Ducks.