PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Matt Barkley completed 16 of 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns as No. 20 Southern California beat Washington State 50-16 on Saturday.
Stanley Havili ran for 80 yards and caught five passes for 107 for USC (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10), which had been up and down in wins over Hawaii, Virginia and Minnesota. The Trojans looked like their old powerhouse selves against the hapless Cougars. Allen Bradford rushed for 84 yards for USC.
Lane Kiffin became the first USC coach since Jess Hill in 1951 to start 4-0.
The Trojans beat Washington state for the eighth straight time and has a 58-8-4 lead in the series. Washington State (1-3, 0-1) has lost 12 straight games to FBS teams.
The game was competitive in the first half. USC led 21-7 after an action-packed first quarter in which it possession for just 95 seconds and ran just five plays. They led 28-13 at halftime and then blew out the Cougars in the second half.
The Trojans piled up 285 yards on the ground and 613 yards of total offense. They did not punt.
Jeff Tuel of Washington State completed 24 of 37 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted three times. Jared Karstetter caught eight passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Washington State took the opening kick of the game and marched down the field, scoring when Jeffrey Solomon took a handoff from running back James Montgomery and lofted a 29-yard pass to Karstetter in the end zone.
The Cougars then tried a pooch kick, giving Southern California the ball on its own 41. Havili ran 59 yards on the first play to tie the game at 7.
On the second play of the next series, Tuel threw the ball directly to USC cornerback Nickell Robey, who ran 25 yards untouched into the end zone for a 14-7 Trojans’ lead with 11:07 left in the first.
Havili turned a short pass from Barkley into a 58-yard gain on USC’s next possession. Barkley hit Robert Woods for an 11-yard touchdown pass and a 21-7 lead.
USC’s Wes Horton blocked a punt by Reid Forrest on the next series, and the Trojans recovered on WSU’s 10. But Barkley’s pass on the first play was intercepted by Deone Bucannon on the 1.
Alex Hoffman-Ellis intercepted Barkley early in the second quarter, and the Cougars went 45 yards, with Karstetter making an over the shoulder catch from Tuel for a touchdown. Nico Grasu’s
conversion kick was blocked.
Marc Tyler ran over from the 2 to give the Trojans a 28-13 lead with 1:50 left in the first half. Tuel threw just one interception through the first three games, but was intercepted three times in the first half.
USC went 93 yards in just four plays on the opening drive of the second half, with Brice Butler catching a 7-yard touchdown pass from Barkley. They went 98 yards on their next possession, scoring
on fourth-and-5 from the WSU 7 when Barkley connected with Ronald Johnson for a 43-13 lead with 4:02 left in the third.
Havili caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Mitch Mustain early in the fourth.
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