Trojans Handle Cougars, 27-6

Sept. 26, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Barkley threw two long touchdown passes in 9 seconds during the first quarter on the way to 247 yards passing, and No. 12 Southern California rebounded from its latest upset loss with a 27-6 victory over Washington State on Saturday night.

Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson rushed for scores for the Trojans (3-1, 1-1 Pac-10), whose national title hopes were seriously dampened by last week's 16-13 loss at Washington.

USC's offense showed many of the problems exposed last week in Seattle, even with Barkley's return from a bruised right shoulder.

The Trojans' formidable defense forced three turnovers in the second half and held the rebuilding Cougars (1-3, 0-2) scoreless until Dwight Tardy's TD run with 22 seconds left.

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