An injury to Washington State Cougars quarterback Jayden de Laura has him in a brace, and freshman backup Victor Gabalis came in for the Coogs for the first drive of the second half against the USC Trojans. WSU was up 14-7 at half, but a turnover on the kickoff return led to a Trojans score, and it’s 14-14 early in the third quarter.
Jayden deLaura emerged from the lockerroom at halftime wearing a brace on his left leg.— Jessamyn McIntyre (@JessamynMcIntyr) September 18, 2021
It looks as though Victor Gabalis will take over for the Cougs for now
Victor Gabalis is Washington State’s QB for this drive.— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) September 18, 2021
De Laura was 10-16 for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and looked sharp against favored USC. Gabalis was a preferred walk-on to the team last season under new head coach Nick Rolovich, and has earned his way up the depth chart to be here in a big moment.
De Laura started four games as a freshman for WSU last season, but seemed to be playing his way into a more permanent role during his team’s 1-1 start to the season.
For bettors, it seems to be a fair trade as Kedon Slovis went down on the first series for USC, and was replaced by true freshman Jaxson Dart. The Trojans were 7.5-point favorites at kickoff via DraftKings Sportsbook.