It also served as an early turning point in the season and cost athletic director Shawn Eichorst his job.
WSU's offense will be looking to build on last week's blowout against Nevada, in which they had 560 total yards.
Entering the matchup, Tanner Lee led the FBS with nine interceptions and was held to 109 yards by the Scarlet Knights. He threw for 340 yards. They did not play because they were in the concussion protocol, Helton said. "Hopefully, that helps to our advantage as we get even further into Pac-12 play".
"Nothing changes for us, we just play our defense", Dotson said. Punter Zach Feagles made the highlight reel in a way no specialist wants to by booting a negative one-yard punt (that wasn't blocked) in the third quarter.
"I think as a team, the o-line, quarterbacks and backs all have a role in it".
Morgan Jr.'s strong outing also moved him up the list of Cornhusker greats. He and the Spartans will be tested by dual-threat quarterback Armani Rogers, running back Lexington Thomas (8.5 yards per carry, 7 TDs) and receiver Devonte Boyd (28.4 yards per reception).
IL (2-2, 0-1) continued to struggle behind run-first quarterback Chayce Crouch. Crouch has yet to eclipse 150 passing yards this season.
Erik Powell drilled a 32-yard field goal with 1:40 left as No. 16 Washington State knocked off the fifth-ranked Southern Cal Trojans, 30-27 at Pullman. The Cougars made it through September unbeaten for the first time in the Leach era, and the schedule is friendly until November - that is, if they can take care of business at OR next week.
The Pac-12 has three unbeaten teams remaining in Washington, Washington State and Utah.
As soon as the players got set, Luke Falk called for the hike and immediately handed the ball over to Jamal Morrow for a two-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 17 apiece.
USC is off to a 4-0 start on the season, with a 2-0 Pac-12 record and a 1-3 mark against the spread. Darnold has thrown eight interceptions in five games after throwing nine interceptions all of last season.
The offensive line was a factor on the play that sealed the outcome, with no one picking up Washington State linebacker Jahad Woods on the blitz. Falk took two kneel downs and the party erupted on the turf of Martin Stadium. There's a strong chance that Darnold ends up being the first quarterback taken off the board and picked in the top-5, but does it mean he's truly National Football League ready? But he added 79 yards receiving before leaving in the fourth quarter with an injury.