The No.6 ranked USC Trojans came into today’s matchup a bit banged up, missing Joe McKnight, Butch Lewis, Everson Griffen and other key players due to injuries and illnesses, but the overmatched Washington State Cougars proved to be just what USC needed to cure their ills, cruising to a 69-0 shutout victory.
The Trojans opened the game with a five-play 77-yard scoring drive that resembled a pre-game walk-thru. Mark Sanchez capped off the impressive drive with a 23-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Patrick Turner.
Turner found his way back into the endzone on the next drive, pulling in his second touchdown reception from Sanchez and the flood gates were open.
Sophomore wide receiver Ronald Johnson continued his spectacular play on Saturday, pulling in a pair of first half touchdown receptions from Sanchez. Johnson finished the day tied for the team-high with five catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
C.J. Gable rushed for a 17-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and tight end Anthony McCoy took a Sanchez pass and rumbled through the Washington State defense for a 21-yard touchdown reception.
Mark Sanchez tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game with five, which all came in the first half of USC’s 69-0 win. Sanchez joins Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer and Rodney Peete as the only quarterbacks in USC history to have five touchdown passes in a single game.
Sanchez, who didn’t attempt a single pass after halftime, completed 15 of 20 attempts for 253 yards and five touchdowns.
In the second half, the Trojans turned almost exclusively to the running game and continued their total domination with a steady diet of Stafon Johnson, C.J. Gable and Broderick Green.
All three of the Trojans’ tailbacks finished the game with over 100 yards rushing, led by redshirt freshman Broderick Green, who rushed for a team-high 126 yards with two touchdowns in the first extended action of his career.
C.J. Gable rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns while Stafon Johnson gained 111 yards on just ten carries.
In total, the USC offense racked up 625 yards on their way to scoring 69 points.
The USC defense put on an absolutely dominant performance for the second week in a row, holding Washington State scoreless and limiting the Cougars to just 116 yards of total offense.
The Trojans snapped Washington State’s 280 game scoring streak, which dates back to 1984, and was the nation’s second-longest behind Michigan’s 295.
USC has now held it’s opponents scoreless for 10 straight quarters and posted consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1971.
To get a grasp of just how lopsided this game was, USC put up 69 points while only passing once in the second half and the Cougars didn’t cross midfield the entire game.
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