September 23, 2007

Notes on a scorecard: USC tames Cougars

Alex Brink's night ended on the sideline. The most-experienced quarterback in the Pac-10 watched Washington State backup Gary Rogers direct the final few drives, with no chance of giving USC another scare.

Last season, Brink nearly rallied the Cougars to an upset of USC in Pullman, Wash. Saturday night, that offense was nowhere to be found, as the Trojans rolled to a 47-14 victory.

The most-experienced signal caller in the Pac-10 spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench, after spending too much of his time on the field with the ball in his hands.

"He was holding the ball, and once he holds the ball, that's when the D-Line comes alive," said USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who finished with two sacks. "It's a credit to the whole defense."

Safety Taylor Mays was proud of the secondary's "coverage sacks," as the Trojans successfully stifled Brink's lanes to the big play, after allowing a 44-yard a third down pass for the Cougars' first completion.

Brink threw for 287 yards against the Trojans last season.

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