LOS ANGELES -- Patience has been the key word being preached to players, fans and supporters by…
Cougs lose, but reasons for hope apparent
"The Trojans have been outplayed by this Coug team," Fox Sports color commentator Petros Papadakis said.
But WSU's offense could not take advantage and a fumble by Dwight Tardy at the end of the third quarter gave USC possession at the Cougars' 23-yard line. The Trojans needed just three plays for running back Stafon Johnson to score on a 6-yard run that gave them a 27-0 lead and effectively put the game out of reach.
Tuel replaced sophomore Marshall Lobbestael, who completed 2 of 9 passes for 14 yards, in the second quarter and played the rest of the game.
"It didn't think Marshall was as effective as he should be with the experience he has," former WSU coach Jim Walden said on the postgame show.
He completed 14 of 22 passes for 130 yards and guided the Cougars down to the USC 14 in the fourth quarter before was intercepted.
"From the time he came into the game, the whole team picked it up a little bit," said Walden, who named Tuel as player of the game. "He led this team with a lot of poise and confidence for a true freshman."
WSU coach Paul Wulff said he liked what Tuel brought to the team in a postgame interview.
"He's got a lot to learn, but he's got the right head to continue to grow," he said. "He does a nice job of not forcing balls into coverage."
WSU coach Paul Wulff noted throughout the week that his team could stay in the game if it won the turnover battle. Washington accomplished that last week in its 16-13 upset win against USC in Seattle, but the Trojans forced four turnovers to the Cougars' one.
Tuel later guided the team on a 13-play, 71-yard drive that culminated with a 2-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds left in the game that prevented a second consecutive shutout. USC won last year's game at Martin Stadium 69-0. It was the seventh consecutive win in the series for the Trojans, but the smallest margin of victory during that streak with the exception of 2006.
His favorite target was freshman Gino Simone, who missed last week after suffering a concussion. Simone had nine receptions for 82 yards.
"Jeff and I have become really close over the time we've been in this program," Simone said on the radio. "The best is to come."
In addition to that, WSU also suffered at least one significant loss. Sophomore Steven Ayers was taken off on a cart in the second half. He moved from left tackle to guard after injuries prevented B.J. Guerra and Zack Williams from playing.
Cougfan.com Recommended Stories
Pac-12 Hoops Media Day Notebook
SAN FRANCISCO -- Some quick hit comments from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on the state of the Pac-12 and some new initiatives that are coming this men's basketball season, including an update on…Read More
WSU practice: Pole back; eye on UA run game
PULLMAN — Arizona is throwing a lot more and running considerably less compared to last season but WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson said after practice Wednesday the Cougars must respect the No. 15…Read More
COUGFAN TV: Leach sets his own pace
PULLMAN -- Mike Leach was asked after practice about the fast pace of Arizona's offense and what challenges, substitution and otherwise, that could present for Washington State on Saturday, (Pac-12…Read More
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More