Washington State hadn’t been able to be USC at home for 15 years. Following their win on Friday, the No. 16 Cougars stormed the field to celebrate.
The jubilation was understandable, but the fine that goes along with it might lead to increased security on the sidelines.
Washington State was fined $25,000 as a first offense based on predetermined rules set forth by the PAC 12. The conference put the rules in place last year, though Washington State is the first to become subject to them.
The Daily Evergreen confirmed that Wazzu had indeed received the fine.
To make matters worse for the Cougars, one Washington State fan was obliterated by a USC player as he made his way across the field.
Under the guidelines, a first offense nets a fine of $25,000, while a second offense doubles the total to $50,000. A third offense (which means you’ve had one heck of a season), would result in a fine of $100,000.
The Cougars claimed all the way up to No. 11 on the AP Poll, while the Trojans plummeted all the way to No. 14.
Once considered a serious College Football Playoff contender, the Trojans will have to tighten their belts if they want a shot at the conference championship. Another loss to a conference opponent would mean curtains for their season.