USC-Washington State: Live updates, score, analysis for Week 5 (Sept. 29, 2017)

The USC Trojans bring a 13-game win streak into a battle against the unbeaten Washington State Cougars Friday at 7:30 p.m. PT

Here’s all the game time information for USC-Washington State.

Stay updated with live game information from Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington here:

USC-Washington State live updates, score:

USC-Washington State game time, details:

Date: Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

Time: 7:30 p.m. PT

Location: Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington

Line: USC (-3.5)

What TV channel is USC-Washington State on?

USC-Washington State will air on ESPN.

How can I watch USC-Washington State online?

USC-Washington State can be streamed online on ESPN3 or on Watch ESPN app on your tablet.

How can I listen to USC-Washington State on the radio?

USC-Washington State can be heard on the Trojan Radio Network or listen to the same live broadcast on Sirius channel 962.

USC-Washington State keys to the game

Start the way they finish

USC has outscored its opponents 69-38 in the fourth quarter and overtime, a stark contrast to how it fares in the opening period. The Trojans have scored 24 first-quarter points with only a field goal combined in the past two games.

They managed a mere 69 of their season-low 356 yards of total offense in the first quarter at California, having two drives stall in Golden Bears territory with just three points to show for it.

Getting off to a fast start can set the tone for the remainder of the game, particularly on the road against a Washington State team that can score quickly.

Fluster Luke Falk

Washington State’s senior quarterback saw the first significant action of his college career against USC as a redshirt freshman in 2014, replacing an injured Connor Halliday in the first half. He went on to throw for 346 yards and two touchdowns, the first of 26 career 300-yard passing games.

Falk is incredibly accurate, completing 76.9 percent of his passes this season and 69.6 for his career, and a key for him is getting rid of the ball quickly. He’s also blessed with a veteran offensive line that has only 43 sacks in more than 900 dropbacks since the start of the 2016 season.

USC has recorded 11 sacks this season, including three last week at California.

Find a second reliable receiving target

Junior wideout Deontay Burnett has been nothing short of fantastic so far this season, with 33 receptions for 462 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers earned him a spot on the B iletnikoff Award watch list.

Burnett has caught at least seven passes in each game, far and away quarterback Sam Darnold’s go-to target. But after him the options drop off significantly, with no other USC player having caught more than 14 balls.

Senior Steven Mitchell is the Trojans’ second-leading receiver but he missed last week’s game and is doubtful to play against Washington State.

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