Washington State had last beaten a top 5 team in 1992 — Drew Bledsoe was its quarterback — and last scored a home win over Southern Cal in 2002, so Friday night’s 3o-27 upset of the fifth-ranked Trojans was a pretty big deal on the Palouse. The school likely will be fined after the students rushed the field — it is against the rules in the Pacific-12 — but I’m guessing no one in Pullman really cares.
Afterward, Cougars Coach Mike Leach was interviewed on “SportsCenter” and delivered the goods, as usual.
It should be noted that Leach was all of eight years old and living in Wyoming when 400,000 sometimes-naked people descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in the Catskills, so he wasn’t actually there. But, knowing Leach’s curious mind, he’s probably read a whole lot about it.
At halftime, Leach was asked by ESPN’s sideline reporter about USC being “a second-half team.” He didn’t have much to say about that, but it proved prophetic.
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