How they scored: Cougs vs. Trojans

PERHAPS NO STATISTIC better reflected Washington State’s woes during its 44-17 loss Saturday against USC at Martin Stadium than the volume of explosive plays its defense surrendered. Four different Trojans had plays where they gained at least 20 yards and running back Justin Davis had a 22-yard carry. Couple those numbers with a 65-yard punt return for a score and it adds up to another huge loss.

First Quarter

USC 7-0 at 12:13 mark: Nelson Agholor 65-yard punt return (Andre Heidari kick)
Drive length: 0 plays, 0 yards; Drive Time: 0:00

USC 14-0 at 10:33 mark: Juju Smith 22-yard pass from Cody Kessler (Heidari kick)
Key play: Hayes Pullard intercepted Connor Halliday and returned it 19 yards to the Cougars’ 19-yard line.
Drive length: 3 plays, 19 yards; Drive Time: 0:41

Second Quarter

USC 17-0 at 10:37 mark: Heidari 37 FG
Key play: Agholor had a 49-yard reception from Kessler to WSU’s 20 to open the drive.
Drive length: 5 plays, 49 yards; Drive Time: 1:14

USC 24-0 at 6:13 mark: Smith 22-yard pass from Kessler (Heidari kick)
Key play: A failure fourth-down attempted gave the Trojans possession at WSU’s 36.
Drive length: 2 plays, 36 yards; Drive Time: 0:17

USC 24-7 at 1:33 mark: Robert Lewis 9-yard pass from Luke Falk (Quentin Breshears kick)
Key plays: On third-and-2 at USC’s 39, Dom Williams caught a 7-yard pass from Halliday. The Cougars then converted a third-and-10 at the Trojans’ 32 when Falk found Lewis for a 23-yard completion.
Drive length: 11 plays, 81 yards; Drive Time: 4:32

Third Quarter

USC 24-10 at 6:10 mark: Breshears 27 FG
Key play: Falk found Mayle for a 2-yard completion on fourth-and-1 at USC’s 34.
Drive length: 12 plays, 74 yards; Drive Time: 3:44

USC 31-10 at 5:51 mark: Agholor 87-yard pass from Kessler (Heidari kick)
Drive length: 2 plays, 87 yards; Drive Time: 0:17

USC 37-10 at 1:33 mark: Smith 7-yard pass from Kessler (kick failed)
Key play: Agholor was open down the middle for a 21-yard reception on fourth-and-7 at WSU’s 28.
Drive length: 8 plays, 72 yards; Drive Time: 2:54

Fourth Quarter

USC 44-10 at 12:18 mark: Steven Mitchell 5-yard pass from Kessler (Heidari kick)
Drive length: 5 plays, 70 yards; Drive Time: 1:39

USC 44-17 at 5:30 mark: Isiah Myers 12-yard pass from Falk (Breshears kick)
Key play: Darryl Paulo forced — and recovered — a fumble at the Trojans’ 7.
Drive length: 4 plays, 7 yards; Drive Time: 1:52

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