Posted: October 19, 2008 in Sports, USC Football
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This is painful, even for me as an unabashed USC fan.

Mark Sanchez became the first USC quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a half and the focused No. 6 Trojans dominated this time as a huge favorite, beating Washington State 69-0 on Saturday a month after they were upset by Oregon State.

USC’s defense, ranked first in the nation coming in by allowing just 9.4 points per game, ended the Cougars’ streak of scoring at 280 games dating to Sept. 15, 1984, when Ohio State beat Washington State 44-0. That scoring streak was second-longest in the nation to Michigan’s 295 games.

“Our guys had a ball playing football today, from the locker room on out,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Right from the start, we wanted to find that focus that we really hadn’t had yet.”

It was the largest shutout victory for USC (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10) since a 69-0 win over Montana in 1931.

“Our intention wasn’t to come out and beat these guys by 80 points. Our intention was to come out and play a great football game,” star linebacker Rey Maualuga said.


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