What They're Saying: WSU defeats USC edition

IT WASN'T A work of art, say the scribes, but when the Cougars needed to make plays in their stunning 10-7 win over USC, the defense stepped up and so did Andrew Furney. But few media-types believed the Cougs could shock No. 25 USC at home and when they did, and the boo birds rained down, the press broke out their knives and sharpening stones and went to work on Southern Cal and Lane Kiffin.

New USC Policy: Lane Kiffin just announced next week's USC game is closed to the public. - Scott Wolf, Daily News

The hottest seat in America just got a healthy dusting of thermite. - Ted Miller, ESPN, on Kiffin.

Just in case you thought you misread, here's the headline again: USC loses to Washington State. –Lindsey Thiry, SC Playbook

On a night when both teams struggled to move the ball, Washington State's defense drew rave reviews from everyone. Well, everyone but the thousands of USC fans who booed the Trojans' stagnant offense throughout the game, then booed coach Lane Kiffin as he left the field after chanting "Fire Kiffin!" in the closing minutes. – Howie Stalwick, Cougfan.com

Washington State celebrated with its small cheering section after the final gun while boos rained down on USC coach Lane Kiffin and a team that lost its home opener for the first time since 1997. – Greg Beacham, Associated Press

This Washington State defense, these Washington State special teams, they have frustrated Marqise Lee in a way that – I can't think of anybody that has been able to do that to him. - Joey Harrington, Fox Sports 1 analyst

When Washington State receiver De'Von Flournoy (sic) squirted free from the crowd and turned a short pass into a 49-yard gain, a sense of foreboding that had been building all night in the Coliseum became palpable. - Phil Collin, Daily News, mangling Dominique Williams' name to nearly unimaginable proportions

It was a night to forget for John Baxter's field goal unit. First, Washington State's Kalafitoni Pole broke through the line to block Andre Heidari's 32-yard attempt in the third quarter. Then, on the Trojans' very next series, Heidari's 43-yard try sailed left. In contrast, Cougars' placekicker Andrew Furney connected on his 41-yard attempt late in the fourth quarter, and it wound up being the difference in the game. –Johnny Kuren, ESPN.com

Pass-happy WSU coach Mike Leach had a plan for attacking USC's aggressive defense Saturday, and for most of the game, it worked well. Halliday avoided USC's defensive front by taking short drops and getting rid of the ball quickly. – Bud Withers, Seattle Times

With three hours of boos preceding the ominous late chant, Kiffin's Trojans were poorly coached, poorly managed, and ultimately embarrassed in a 10-7 loss to Washington State. – Bill Plaschke, L.A. Times

The Trojans let a mediocre Cougars squad, at best, venture to L.A. and stifle their roster into an upset. - Zac Ellis, SI.com

Losing to Washington State in Game 2 at home. That was one of the early cupcakes. Now what? Is it too late to cede playcalling duties? Ego figures to prohibit that. - Scott Wolf, Daily News

Now, with Southern Utah and Idaho looming at home, the Cougars can be expected to enter the Stanford game in Seattle 3-1. That would mean only three more wins over the next eight games and WSU would be doing something at the end of the season it hasn't done in as almost as long as its been since it had defeated USC: Going to a bowl. – Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review

Never mind that while USC's defense was stopping Washington State on the previous drive, the Trojans called timeout in order to have time for the offense to get more points on the board. Mission accomplished. - Phil Collin, Daily News on Damante Horton's pick-six

USC threw for 54 yards Saturday night in its 10-7 loss to Washington State, meaning the Trojans threw for less yards than all three service academy option offenses - Dan Greenspan, NFL.com

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