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The Cougs rode Luke Falk’s 340 yards of passing to the upset win over USC.  Jamal Morrow added 136 yards of both running and receiving with two touchdowns to help secure the 30-27 win over the fifth ranked Trojans.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold came into this season as the Heisman front runner, but after 5 games with 9 interceptions, has quickly declined.   There was still a question of whether the Cougars defense was as improved as they looked in the first four weeks or if that was because of the opponents that they’ve played.  Those questions were answered in a big way on Friday night when they were hurrying Darnold all game and forcing him into bad throws.  Darnold is projected as a number one draft pick, but the WAZZU made him look average.

The Cougs offense was slow to get started but got in the end zone early in the 2nd when Falk connected with Tavares Martin Jr. for a 28 yard touchdown to put the Cougs up 10-7.  The Next drive on 3rd and 4, half back Ronald Jones on a draw play took the ball 86 yards to take the lead back for the Trojans.  That deflated the air out of the building, then on the very next play from scrimmage, Falk’s pass was intercepted by Uchenna Nwosu on the WSU three yard line.  The Cougar defense held the Trojans on 3 consecutive plays and allowed only a field goal on a situation that could have really put the Cougs in a hole. 

Before the Half, Falk drove the ball 94 yards in just under 5 minutes and gave the ball to Jamal Morrow up the middle to tie the game at 17 going into the locker room.  “When you score right before half for some reason, it always seems to change the momentum a little,” Mike leach said.  The two teams battled throughout the second half, the Cougs seemingly leaving points on the field and having to settle for field goals.  In the 4th, with WSU threatening, Falk shoveled a pass to Jamal Morrow who ran for a 23 yard touchdown to give the Cougs a 27-20 lead.  That gave Darnold time to do what he did 2 weeks prior against Texas.  The Cougs had forced a 4th and 13 from the WSU 42 yard line.  Frankie Luvu crushed Darnold but the ball was somehow able to escape and fall into the hands of Tyler Vaugns for the first down.  A few plays later Darnold ran it in on an option from 2 yards out to tie the game. 

Falk was given just over five minutes to get the win.  On 3rd and 4 from the WSU 42, Jamal Morrow ran 35 yards to the Trojan 23 yard line.  WSU then ran the ball 3 times to get rid of USC’s timeouts and added an Erik Powell 32 yard field goal.  That gave Sam Darnold 1:40 and no timeouts to tie or win the game.  Jahad Woods hit Darnold from behind, the ball came loose and Derek Moore recovered it to secure the win for WSU and their first 5-0 start since 2001.  “It was a really good environment, it was fantastic, loud the whole game, exciting matchup,” Leach said following the game.  Falk got sacked 5 times and was rushed quite a bit.  Afterwards Falk said, “I feel great, it was a really good team win.  We did a good job of stringing together that last drive.”

 

The Cougs go on the road to face the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on Saturday at 5pm.  Their starting quarterback Justin Herbert is out with a broken collar bone, and running back Royce Freeman is questionable.

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