PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Drew Dunning is a soccer player who kicks
footballs. He used another sport to describe his field goals.
"It's kind of like a putt. When you know it's in, you know it's
in,'' Dunning said.
Washington State corner back Jason David intercepts the ball in the USC end zone.
The junior kicked a tying 35-yard field goal with 1:50 left in
regulation, then made another 35-yarder in overtime to give Washington State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) a 30-27 victory over Southern California (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today) on
"My mindset was: What's different than any other kick I've
had?'' Dunning said.
Dunning, who last kicked a game-winner as a senior in high
school, sprinted to midfield and did a soccer-style slide before
being mobbed by teammates and fans.
"It's one of those things I've always wanted to do,'' he said.
The Cougars gave coach Mike Price his first victory over USC at
home. The team gave the game ball to Price, who has spent 14 years
"He's the longest reigning coach in the Pac-10 and he finally
got his win against USC up here in Martin Stadium,'' quarterback
Jason Gesser said. "I'm proud to be writing history with him.
Hopefully, we'll keep writing history together.''
Ryan Killeen missed a 52-yard field-goal attempt on USC's
overtime possession. He missed an extra point earlier that would
have won the game for the 18th-ranked Trojans (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10)
after Carson Palmer threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams
late in the fourth quarter.
Gesser led the Cougars (5-1, 2-0) with TD passes to Mike Bush
and Devard Darling, and Jermaine Green ran 75 yards for another
score. Gesser, playing with a padded flak jacket over a sore rib,
completed 23 of 44 passes for 315 yards and one interception.
"The crowd kept me going,'' Green said after finishing with 92
yards on six carries. "The momentum changed after the first
Palmer was 32-of-50 for 381 yards, including TDs to Malaefou
MacKenzie and Williams. Palmer also ran for a 3-yard score and
threw one interception. Sultan McCullough scored on a 6-yard run.
Southern California trailed through much of the game, but Jason
Leach intercepted a pass by Gesser and returned it to the Trojans
47 to set up Williams' go-ahead score with 4:10 remaining.
USC entered as the nation's top defensive team, holding
opponents to an average of 204 yards. But Washington State had 216
yards by halftime as Gesser hit his receivers on long pass plays.
The Cougars thought the Trojans would blitz frequently, but
Gesser was sacked only once. Palmer was sacked four times by the
"I don't know why they didn't blitz,'' Gesser said. "They only
blitzed on third-and-long. Maybe it's because their corners are
inexperienced and we could have picked on them.''
Washington State thwarted two USC scoring threats in the second
quarter. Jason David intercepted a pass by Palmer in the end zone,
but USC's Alex Holmes knocked the ball out of his hand. Eric
Coleman recovered for the Cougars.
The Trojans were at the Cougars 13 at the end of the second
period, but a holding penalty, a tackle for a 4-yard loss and a
fumble on the exchange pushed them back to the 30. Killeen's
47-yard field-goal attempt bounced off the right upright.
Washington State had 201 yards rushing, while USC had just 72.
"That's awesome. To put 200 yards up against the No. 1 defense
in the nation,'' Gesser said. "Our goal was to get 150 and we went
way past that.''
USC coach Pete Carroll lamented his team's mistakes.
"We had some missed opportunities with the pick in the end
zone, the field goal off the upright and the missed extra point.
Those points are huge,'' Carroll said. "The extra point is a huge
difference. WSU didn't have to score a touchdown.''
USC's standout strong safety Troy Polamalu left in the first
quarter with an injury to his lower right leg. He returned at the
end of the third quarter after X-rays were taken.