Cougars optimistic for USC game

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Cougars optimistic for USC game

NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State’s narrow loss at Auburn has given the Cougars confidence they can win their Pac-12 conference opener on Saturday at No. 25 Southern California.

Washington State produced 464 yards of offense in losing its season opener 31-24.

Quarterback Connor Halliday was 35 of 65 for 344 yards and one touchdown, connecting with 10 different receivers. But he threw three costly interceptions.

Washington State also produced a 120 yards rushing after averaging only 29 yards per game last season.

Center Elliott Bosch says the Cougars made plenty of first-game mistakes but looked a lot better than the team that stumbled to a 3-9 record last year.

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