Trojans Win A Tight One at The Coliseum

 Freshman Amon Ra St Brown (8) celebrates with teammates. (Courtesy Photo)
Freshman Amon Ra St Brown (8) celebrates with teammates. (Courtesy Photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

USC kept their 18 game home winning streak alive with a hard fought 39-30 win over Washington State in front of 52,424. The Trojans bounced back from a loss against Texas last week.

The Trojans got off to a good start as on the opening drive Stephen Carr bolted through the line for a 50 yard run to the WSU 24 yard line. That run was the longest of the season for a Trojan. Three plays later VaVae Malepeai scored on a three yard run to give USC the early 7-0 lead.

USC was down 13 when Freshman JT Daniels connected with Michael Pittman  on a 50 yarder to bring the Trojans to within six points 30-24 at the 9:03 mark of the third period. Daniels was 17 of 25 for 241 yards and the big stat was no interceptions. Seven different Trojans caught passes from him.

At the 8:03 mark in the Malepeai barreled his way into the end zone from three yards out. Daniels then hit Tyler Vaughns behind the WSU defense to give USC a 39-36 lead.

Malepeai and Carr led the ground attack with a combined 155 yards rushing.

Freshman Armon Ra St Brown a caught a 30 yard TD pass from his high School teammate Daniels with 14:31 to go in the 4th. St Brown now has 342 receiving yards in the first four games of his college career.

“I have always thought that diversity defines who you are as men .I can tell you how proud of them,” said Trojan head coach Clay Helton. “I thought we made strides this was a big PAC-12 Win”

The USC defensive side held the Cougars to 92 yards rushing. They were led by Cameron Smith (15 tackles) and Talanoa Hufanga (9) in his first start ever. ”The coaches have been pushing me and telling me to stay focused,” said Hufanga. “I think we did that better tonight.”

The big play was a blocked field goal by Gardner Minshew completed 37 of 52 passes for 344 yards and three scores to lead Cougars 3-1 (0-1 PAC12) who are the number two passing offense in the nation.