Washington State Upsets USC After Sam Darnold’s Fumble

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The No. 16 Washington State Cougars dissapoint a fifth-ranked USC Trojans, 30-27, Friday dusk during Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington, behind a purchase strip-sack from Jahad Woods with 1:27 remaining in regulation.


The Trojans tied things during 27 with 5:01 left in a fourth entertain when quarterback Sam Darnold plunged into a finish section from dual yards out for his second rushing measure of a game. However, Washington State signal-caller Luke Falk marched a Cougars right behind down a margin to set adult a go-ahead margin idea acclimatisation by Erik Powell with 1:40 to go.

Ultimately, it was wise that a Cougars were means to chase Darnold down when it mattered most.

Not usually were a Trojans though starting left tackle Toa Lobendahn (staph infection), though right guard Viane Talamaivao (pectoral) and right tackle Chuma Edoga (ankle) were forced to leave the Pac-12 showdown with injuries.

USC was left to work with a patchwork section that featured dual loyal freshmen as Darnold’s protection, and a Cougars capitalized with a outcome unresolved in a balance.

While a Cougars’ charge was done easier, they did an excellent pursuit fortifying downfield opposite one of a nation’s premier quarterbacks.

Darnold completed 15 of 29 passes for a season-low 164 yards and one interception. It was also a second diversion this year in that a redshirt sophomore unsuccessful to chuck a touchdown pass. The initial came in a come-from-behind Week 1 win over a Western Michigan Broncos.

“They played hard,” Darnold said of a Cougars, according to the Los Angeles Times Helene Elliott. “We knew what they were going to do, and it’s only a matter of executing during that indicate and they out-executed us, and we consider that was a story of a game.”

On a other side, Falk looked like a legitimate Heisman Trophy claimant opposite a Trojans group that entered a 2017 deteriorate resolutely in a College Football Playoff conversation.

In a upset, Falk went 34-of-51 for 340 yards, dual scores and one interception.

Falk, who has eclipsed 300 yards flitting in 4 of 5 games this season, has now thrown for 1,718 yards, 16 touchdowns and a span of interceptions during a Cougars’ 5-0 start.

The comparison will demeanour to keep things rolling Oct. 7, when a Cougars trek to Autzen Stadium for a assembly with a Oregon Ducks.

The Trojans, meanwhile, will try to rebound behind during home opposite Oregon State on Oct. 7.


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