No. 1 Trojans Top Cougars
Oct. 30, 2004
By JOHN K. WILEY
Associated Press Writer
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Reggie Bush and LenDale White each scored twotouchdowns, Dwayne Jarrett caught two more from scores from Matt Leinart andNo. 1 Southern California routed Washington State 42-12 Saturday.
In rolling up 426 yards of offense, USC (8-0, 5-0 Pac-10) extended itswinning streak to 17 games and 12 straight in the Pac-10 Conference.
The Trojans defense held the Cougars to 156 yards, sacking quarterback AlexBrink five times, forcing seven fumbles and limiting the Cougars to minus-9yards rushing.
Leinart completed 23 of 28 for 235 yards and helped build a 42-0 lead beforebeing replaced for part of the third quarter by backup Matt Cassell. AfterCassell miscues led to WSU scores, Leinart finished the game.
Jarrett, a freshman, hauled in TDs of 42 and 4 yards.
The Trojans scored on their first two possessions with Bush sweeping aroundthe right end for a 19-yard touchdown to start the rout.
USC's Desmond Reed recovered a botched kickoff at the WSU 21, setting upWhite's 1-yard score, and just like that it was 14-0.
Bush's 57-yard punt return gave USC a 21-0 lead midway through the firstquarter. He finished with 143 all-purpose yards, including 78 yards on threepunt returns.
White's second touchdown came after Mike Patterson recovered Brink's fumblethat Shaun Cody forced at the WSU 18, leading to the 35-0 halftime score. Whitefinished with 77 yards on 16 carries.
Washington State (3-5, 1-4) got on the board after Leinart left and USC hadput in its reserves, avoiding a a shutout when Brink hit Bumpus on a 24-yardscoring play after Cassell fumbled on his first play.
Ten seconds later, Pat Bennett intercepted Cassell and returned it 28 yardsto make it USC 42-12.
Brink, harried for the entire game by the Trojans' defense, completed 17 of40 for 165 yards and was intercepted once.
The Trojans were so dominant against WSU's rush that punter Kyle Basler's17-yard scamper on a fake led all Cougar rushers.
It was the first time a No. 1 team has played in Martin Stadium. Prior toSaturday's game, California was ranked No. 2 when it visited Washington Statein 1951, and beat WSU 42-35.
Washington State's only win over a top-ranked teams was when the Cougarsbeat UCLA, 34-30, at Los Angeles in 1988.
The Trojans are 28-1 since losing to the Cougars in Pullman in 2002.