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Washington State, USC hit hard by injuries

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 11:31 p.m.

USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against WSU during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against WSU during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Washington State and USC both suffered key injuries at positions where they were already hurting.

The Cougars lost starting linebacker Isaac Dotson, who limped off the field in the first quarter. He was replaced by Nate DeRider.

Middle linebacker Peyton Pelluer is out forthe season after suffering a broken foot against Oregon State on Sept. 16. Freshman Jahad Woods has moved into the starting lineup, with Dillon Sherman seeing some reps in the first half of Friday’s game.

USC’s offensive line, which was without starting left tackle Toa Lobendahn, had two more linemen exit with injuries. Right tackle Chuma Edoga didn’t put any weight on his left leg when he departed late in the first quarter. Right guard Viane Talamaivao was shaken up two possessions later.

The Trojans, operating with two new tackles on a makeshift line, still put up 205 total yards in the first half, including an 86-yard touchdown run by Ronald Jones.


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