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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 a rivalry that dates to 1921.
Washington State looked better than many expected in a seven-point loss at Auburn last week, while USC put on a muddled offensive performance in a comfortable win at Hawaii.
But the Cougars are wary of the Trojans' talent-loaded roster and a revamped defense that looked dominant in its first game under new coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
The game is both schools' Pac-12 opener.
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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.
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