USC put together a complete second half and outscored host Washington State handily on Saturday, 50-16.
The Trojans had struggled some in the first half in allowing WSU to get on the board first. At one point late in the first half, the Cougars had the opportunity to tie the game at 21 with a successful scoring drive, but USC's defense toughened up and limited them to only one field goal for the rest of the game.
Quarterback Matt Barkley threw two first-half picks but finished the game with a solid line, completing 16-of-25 pass attempts for 290 yards and three touchdowns. USC ran for 283 yards, with five different backs splitting that total.
Allen Bradford led with 84 yards on seven carries, fullback Stanley Havili -- technically the starting tailback as the Trojans opened in a one-back set with Havili -- had 80 yards on four rushes and freshman Dillon Baxter carried 15 times for 76 yards. Marc Tyler and C.J. Gable had 31 and 12 yards, respectively.
In the passing game, Havili had five catches for 107 yards and a score and Ronald Johnson caught five balls for 69 yards. Seven other receivers caught passes from Barkley and backup Mitch Mustain, who entered the game late in the third quarter.
Defensively, freshman cornerback Nickell Robey was burned on WSU's first touchdown pass but quickly rebounded for a pick-six off Cougar quarterback Jeff Tuel. Robey added another interception later in the first half, as did safety T.J. McDonald. Defensive end Armond Armstead missed the game with a shoulder sprain, and Wes Horton left the game early with an apparent injury after logging a sack and blocked punt in the first half.
The Cougars had absolutely nothing available on the ground. Starting running back James Montgomery carried the ball eight times for a pitiful four yards, and Tuel was forced to either throw the ball or scramble on his own for much of the game.