VICTORY! Two-minute drill: Wazzu 10, USC 7

THE EFFORT WAS much more complex, but in the end, the scoreboard told the tale of an interception return and a field goal that snapped No. 25 USC's streak of 15 consecutive wins in home openers — and got Washington State its first win against the Trojans since 2002, 10-7, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

TURNING POINT: WSU cornerback Damante Horton helped minimize his team's first-half turnovers when he returned a Cody Kessler interception 70 yards for a touchdown with 27 seconds remaining in the first half. That play helped set up the Cougars' 10-7 upset at No. 25 USC.

DEFENSIVE PLAYS OF THE GAME: Pick just about any play that went to USC standout wide receiver Marqise Lee, arguably the top wide receiver in college football. The Trojans tried an array of plays to get the ball into Lee's explosive hands, ranging from bubble screens to an end around, but the Cougars were prepared for all of it. Technically, it was a special teams play, but defensive tackle Toni Pole's block of a 32-yard field goal by Andre Heidari on USC's first possession of the third quarter was significant. Linebacker Cyrus Coen's third-quarter sack helped set up a failed 43-yard attempt by Heidari. On fourth-and-6 in the fourth quarter, Lee was stopped for a 5-yard gain.

OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME: On WSU's second drive of the game, Connor Halliday found wide receiver Kristoff Williams for a 28-yard gain to the Trojans' 33-yard line. Unfortunately for the Cougars, that drive ended with a Halliday interception.

UNEXPECTED DEVELOPMENT: Run might as well be a code word for short pass in coach Mike Leach's Air Raid offense. But after experiencing some success running the ball in the opener at Auburn, Leach seemed intent on establishing the Cougars' ground game during the first half at USC. WSU had 12 running plays during the opening half compared with 21 passes. The result was not nearly as successful as a week ago as the Cougars had just 5 rushing yards at the intermission. Granted, that statistic was skewed by a pair of sacks that counted against Halliday, but WSU still only averaged 2.6 yards per carry in the first half even when discounting Halliday turnovers.

INTERESTING STAT: The Cougars' defense was not perfect as they allowed running back Tre Madden to rush 150 yards on 32 carries. But WSU's defense consistently stepped up in difficult situations as turnovers often gave USC strong field position. The reason why the Cougars stayed in the game during the first half in spite of three first-half turnovers was a result of the Trojans failing to convert any of their six third-down attempts.

MEANINGLESS STAT OF THE GAME: Fox Sports 1 broadcasters seemed to fixate on every penalty — eight for 87 yards — and while some were impactful, they did not seem to swing momentum either way.

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKING: Halliday's performance is unlikely to sway any of his detractors, many of whom already were calling for redshirt freshman Austin Apodaca to replace him during the loss at Auburn. But Halliday managed to avoid any game-changing turnovers during the second half. Horton also has been derided for his gambling style of play at cornerback throughout his time at WSU. It never was more beneficial than Saturday night, though. In addition to the interception returned for a touchdown, his fourth-quarter interception helped secure just the Cougars' ninth win against USC. And how about kicker Andrew Furney? Similar to the Apple Cup, Furney's reliability turned out to be the difference in WSU's first win against USC since 2002 – and its first in Los Angeles since 2000.

USC 7-0
9:59: Cody Kessler 4-yard touchdown run (Andre Heidari kick), capping a 6-play, 22-yard drive. Key play: Connor Halliday's fumble, which was picked up Devon Kennard at WSU's 36-yard line and returned 14 yards.

WSU 7-7
0:27: Damante Horton returns Cody Kessler interception 82 yards for a touchdown (Andrew Furney kick).

WSU 10-7
3:03: Furney 42-yard field goal. Key play: Halliday's third-down completion to Dominique Williams that went 49 yards to the USC 30.

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