Game Analysis - USC

In front of 66,202 fans, USC took it to Washington and managed to come away with a 24-14 win. The Huskies again were careless with the ball, suffering four turnovers as well as a blocked punt that resulted in 14 points for the visitors from Southern California...

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 1): There were a couple of early turning points, but the biggest one was, with 4:41 left in the second quarter, USC CB Anthony Brown came straight up the middle and blocked Travis Coons' punt attempt, picked it up at the 18 yard line and scampered in from there to give the Trojans an insurmountable 24-7 lead over the offensively inept Dawgs.

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 2): Coons was involved in the second turning point play of the game as he lined up for a 45-yard field goal with Washington trailing by 10, 24-14, late in the third quarter. Washington had the momentum, but the sophomore kicker ended up hooking the kick wide left and keeping the margin two scores for the Dawgs which led to turning point #3…

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 3): After Coons' miss, the Husky defense held USC to a three and out and the offense, using mostly running plays, drove the ball down to the Trojan three, Keith Price sprinted to the left and was stripped of the ball by USC Jawanza Starling who also recovered the ball ending any Husky hopes of drawing closer to the visitors from Los Angeles. Offensive Player of the Game: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins didn't have a great game, not touching the ball until the middle of the third quarter, but in the end he had a big 34-yard reception that boosted Washington's offense and seemed to give them a lot of energy and then a couple of plays later, ASJ managed to get open for a 29-yard touchdown to bring the Huskies within 10 midway through the third quarter.

Defensive Player of the Game: CB Marcus Peters continues to play well and made some big plays including hauling in a Matt Barkley pass late in the first quarter that led to Washington's first score. On the night, the redshirt freshman corner racked up nine tackles, one tackle-for-loss and one interception.

Key Stat: Washington had, essentially, six turnovers – two interceptions, two fumbles, one blocked punt and one missed field goal – that USC turned into 14 game-changing points. In the past two games the Huskies have totaled nine turnovers with Keith Price accounting for seven of them (four interceptions and three fumbles), almost all of which were game-changing. The Huskies were going to have a hard enough time trying to figure out how to beat the likes of Oregon and USC, but when you turn the ball over that many times, there just isn't much hope of pulling off an upset.

Handouts to the standouts: Justin Glenn totaled nine tackles on the day; LB Travis Feeney looked solid contributing eight tackles, a tackle-for-loss and a sack; John Timu, Shaquille Thompson and Thomas Tutogi each finished the night with five tackles; Sean Parker also chipped in with six tackles; While his stats won't show it, Desmond Trufant continues to play like one of the top corner prospects in the country, holding USC's explosive Marqise Lee to just two receptions on the night; Bishop Sankey rushed for 54 tough yards, but was held out of the endzone.

Needs work: Offensively this team is just out of sync. Yeah, the offensive line is struggling a lot, but Price cannot make the mistakes he is making (seven turnovers in two games) and he has to figure out a way to get Kasen Williams more involved (only two catches for 22 yards and a touchdown) while also finding Seferian-Jenkins earlier in the game. Head coach Steve Sarkisian also mentioned several times his players need to find that sense of urgency much earlier in the game, rather than when they are punched in the mouth 10 minutes into the game. Figuring that out will go a long way in deciding where Washington goes from here now that they are 3-3 and halfway through the season.


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