Leon McQuay, Leon Brooks

USC safety Leon McQuay, left, tries to strip the ball from Washington State punt returner Leon Brooks, who fumbled it out of bounds in the first quarter of the Trojans' 10-7 loss Saturday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / September 7, 2013)

USC's streak of 15 consecutive wins in home openers is over.

Washington State defeated the Trojans, 10-7, at the Coliseum in what was also a Pac-12 Conference opener.

USC was held to less than 10 points for only the fourth time in 143 games.

The Trojans' final five possessions ended this way:

Blocked field goal, missed field goal, failed fourth-down play, punt, interception.

USC (1-1) wasted a 150-yard rushing performance by tailback Tre Madden, who carried 32 times.

USC's defense came up with three first-half turnovers, but a couple of big interceptions by Washington State's Damante Horton proved the difference.

He returned the first 70 yards for a touchdown. He made the second in USC territory late in the game, setting up a game-winning 42-yard field goal by Andrew Furney with 3 minutes 5 seconds left in the game.

Washington State improved to 1-1.


The fourth USC play was worse than the first: it WAS intercepted.

Max Wittek tried to throw to Darreus Rogers found the hands of Washington State corner Damante Horton instead, at the USC 37.

He returned the ball to the 32.

Cougars with the ball and the lead.


USC takes over at its own 12 with 2:58 left in regulation.

First play: A Wittek pass toward Nelson Agholor that was nearly intercepted.


Washington State 10, USC 7, 3:05 left in fourth quarter

Hey, the scoreboard works!