Posted September 07, 2013 on
WASHINGTON STATE SEEMINGLY had every opportunity to build momentum during the first half, but three turnovers by Connor Halliday nearly set up a halftime deficit Saturday at No. 25 USC. But a stunning interception by signal-caller Cody Kessler was returned 82 yards for a touchdown by Damante Horton to tie the score, 7-all.

Washington State wins ugly over No. 25 USC 10-7

Andrew Furney kicked a 41-yard field goal with 3:03 to play, and Washington State beat No. 25 Southern California 10-7 Saturday night for its first victory at the Coliseum in 13 years. Damante Horton returned an interception 70 yards for a tying score in the final seconds of the first half for Washington State (1-1, 1-0 Pac-12), and he made the clinching interception with 2:18 to...

No. 25 USC opens Pac-12 schedule vs Washington St.

Washington State's first meeting with Southern California in three years is a chance for a breakthrough victory under coach Mike Leach. It's also a chance for one of the No. 25 Trojans' two quarterbacks to break out as the clear starter. Yet neither possibility seems all that probable when the Cougars (0-1) visit the Coliseum on Saturday night for the resumption of...

USC Blows It Against Washington State

USC looked absolutely horrible yesterday against the Washington State Cougars losing 10-7, in what proved to be one of the biggest upsets in week 2 of the college football season. After a decent start in Hawaii, USC came into the contest scared to throw the football and in disarray on defense; in front of a fan base that was optimistic regarding 2013′s campaign. The Trojan faithful...

Cougar D making the headlines

PULLMAN – Washington State defensive players admit they occasionally get a bit miffed about all the attention given to the team’s explosive “Air Raid” offense. On Monday, it was the offense’s turn to be jealous of the defense, after senior cornerback Damante Horton was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and National Defensive Player of the Week by Athlon Sports.

Washington St. 10-7 over USC: Week two game balls

It Only Took 13 The Washington State Cougars defeated #25 USC Trojans last Saturday 10-7 in the Coliseum for the first time in 13 years, and oh what a day. I think I speak for every Cougar fan when I say, we popped bottles. The Cougars won the game without an offensive touchdown – very unlike a Mike Leach coached team – but he’ll take it. This is one of the biggest wins...

NFL Cougar Highlights: Opening Day

TO SAY THE latest edition of Washington State alums in the NFL has been drastically revamped is an understatement. Six CouGreats who appeared on big league rosters last season were absent on opening day, three rookies have broken into the league, and four veterans are wearing different jerseys.

Cougfan at 15: The Crimson Colossus

HE WAS GREGARIOUS and quotable like Sweeney and Walden. And he did something even the great Hollingbery and immortal Dietz didn’t: Take the Washington State Cougars to two Rose Bowls. Even his departure was off-the-charts memorable, with airplane tail numbers at Pullman-Moscow Regional adding up to the end of an era.


DAMONTE HORTON scored the Cougars' only TD on a second quarter interception and then picked off another pass late in the game to seal the deal and Washington State's long nightmare of football ineptitude was vanquished Saturday night in Los Angeles. By upsetting No. 25 USC, the Cougars sit atop the Pac-12 North.

Washington State 10, USC 7: Cougars Hand Trojans First Pac-12 Loss of 2013

  If you are the type of person who likes watching offense, Saturday night's game at the L.A. Coliseum was not for you. In a game that lay somewhere between a defense battle and offensive ineptitude, the Washington State Cougars won their first game at USC since 2000, beating the Trojans 10-7. Andrew Furney kicked a 41-yard field goal with 3:03 remaining for the final margin...

Grime & glory: Is this Leach's signature win?

WHEN WASHINGTON STATE hired Mike Leach in 2011, fans had a different idea of what his signature win would look like. It is doubtful that anyone would have projected a defensive-minded battle that was not settled until cornerback Damante Horton intercepted Max Wittek in the fourth quarter to secure a 10-7 win Saturday night against No. 25 USC at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Hawaii DE sets official visit to WSU

WASHINGTON STATE HAS a handful of offers out to Hawaii prospects and the most recent was to a physical defensive end with a great first name for football -- Hercules. The versatile DE speaks highly of WSU d-line coach Joe Salave'a he'll take an official visit to Pullman next month. CF.C also caught up with a pair of other prospects who have also set up their official trips...

De'Anthony Thomas, Damante Horton, and Jake Smith earn Pac-12 Football Player of the Week honors

Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas, Washington State cornerback Damante Horton, and Arizona kicker Jake Smith have been named Pac-12 Football Players of the Week in football. Horton, a senior from Oakland, led a spirited defensive effort by Washington State in the Cougars 10-7 upset win over USC in the first Conference game of season. The Trojans passing attack looked...


USC (1-0) hosts Washington State (0-1) Saturday night in their home and Pac-12 conference opener. The Trojans are coming off a season opening win at Hawaii while the Cougars are trying to rebound from a loss at Auburn.

NOTEBOOK: Coug D a shocker for No. 25 USC

LOS ANGELES – Two years ago, Washington State hired Mike Leach to rebuild the football program and plant more butts in seats with his wide-open offense. In light of Saturday night’s 10-7 defensive beat-down over 25th-ranked USC, most CougFans will gladly give Leach a pass on the exciting offense part of the deal. For now, anyway.
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