OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
plowed over from the two for a 28-3 lead. But the Eagles were not going away.
Gubrud fired a 26-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Boston to cut Washington
State’s halftime lead to 28-10. On the opening drive of the second half, Gubrud hit
a wide-open Zach Eagle for a 34-yard touchdown pass to cut WSU’s lead to 28-17.
Minshew completed seven consecutive passes as the Cougars drove from their
one to the EWU 8. Williams covered that distance for his third touchdown and a
35-17 lead. Gubrud replied with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Merritt to
bring the Eagles within 35-24. Minshew hit Martin with a 21-yard touchdown pass
for a 45-24 lead with 9:47 left in the game and the Eagles did not threaten again.
Game 4: USC 39 vs. Washington State 36
Sept. 21, 2018 • Memorial Coliseum • Att.: 52,421 • TV: ESPN
Southern California trailed by 13 points in the second half, and the smallish
Coliseum crowd grumbled at the prospect of an already shaky season slipping
away entirely from this powerhouse program. J.T. Daniels passed for 241 yards
and three touchdowns, and Tufele blocked Washington State’s attempt at a tying
field goal with 1:41 to play in USC’s 18th consecutive home victory, 39-36 Friday
night. One year after the Trojans took their first loss of last season in a Friday night
game in Pullman, Wash., USC showed resilience and fourth-quarter tenacity while
avoiding a disastrous start to the season. Vavae Malepeai rushed for his second
touchdown with 8:03 to play as USC rallied from two scores down in the second
half and eventually held off the Cougars. Gardner Minshew II passed for 344
yards and three touchdowns in the new quarterback’s latest strong performance
for Washington State, while James Williams and Max Borghi rushed for scores.
Easop Winston caught his second TD pass from Minshew with 10:15 to go, but the
Trojans responded with a 56-yard scoring drive. After Malepeai’s go-ahead TD and
Daniels’ pinpoint two-point conversion pass to Tyler Vaughns, Washington State
drove into field goal range in the waning minutes. That’s where Tufele swatted
down Blake Mazza’s 38-yard attempt with relative ease. The Cougars led 24-17
at halftime, and they opened the second half with a 75-yard drive capped by
Borghi’s 13-yard TD run before the Trojans finally responded. Pittman, whose
exceptional catch shortly before halftime was ruled just out of bounds, took a
50-yard pass to the house. USC’s defense stiffened and forced two punts before
St. Brown’s gorgeous TD catch and the extra point put the Trojans up 31-30. But
Winston immediately caught a 59-yard pass down the middle and followed it
up with a four-yard TD catch. Washington State’s two-point conversion attempt
failed, and the Cougars didn’t score again.
2018 Season In Review