Kicker Joe Houston said after the Trojans' win at Washington State that he would make field goals when the team needed them.
He was wrong.
Houston's 40-yard try hit the outside of the right upright and bounced harmlessly to the Coliseum turf, keeping Washington alive Saturday night.
His childhood friend, Erik Folk, would connect from 32 yards as time expired for the Huskies' 32-31 upset win.
While teammates like quarterback Matt Barkley tried to shoulder the blame for the offense's inability to score a touchdown and put the game out of reach, the redshirt senior said he was at fault.
"It doesn't feel too good obviously. We could have played better as a team, but definitely that last kick would have sealed the game," Houston said.
"Reality is reality. I fully accept responsibility and I feel terrible."
Houston has hit just two of six attempts this season, with a long of 34 yards.
USC coach Lane Kiffin said he would "definitely" reopen the competition between Houston and punter Jacob Harfman.
The Wildcat was deployed by the Trojans for the first time this season, but had a surprising triggerman.
Instead of touted freshman Dillon Baxter, starting running back Marc Tyler was deployed as the de facto single-wing quarterback, even scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run up the middle.
Baxter, who starred as a multipurpose threat at San Diego Mission Bay, was expected to be the Wildcat quarterback because of his talent as a runner and passer. But he had no explanation as to why Tyler got the nod.
"I guess coaches had something planned in their head and they went with it," said Baxter, who carried once for -1 yard. "I'm out there thinking there's a whole bunch of stuff we could do off of it."
A Big Day By AB
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian was part of the staff that recruited running back Allen Bradford to USC, so he certainly wasn't surprised by the senior's career-high 223 yards rushing.
"He was a war daddy. I think our guys are going to be sore tomorrow after trying to tackle him. He had a special night," Sarkisian said.
Bradford's tally was the highest since Reggie Bush rushed for 260 yards against UCLA in 2005.
Saturday marked the first time the Trojans had a 200-yard rusher and lost since they fell to Arizona in 1981, when Marcus Allen rushed for 211 yards.
Defensive end Wes Horton did not play because of a back injury he suffered last week at Washington State.
Horton entered the game as the team leader in sacks and tackles for loss.