The Huskies finished the game with 86 yards on 32 carries. There were 32 yards taken away from the total because of the play where Cody Pickett's arm was hit and the ball kept getting kicked backwards. The stat keepers gave Kenechi Udeze a sack for a 15-yard loss and gave the Husky "team" a -17 yard rush, for a total loss of 32 yards.
Kenny James started the game today, and he opened up the scoring with a nifty 15-yard run, where he bounced off the pile, kept his legs churning, and headed to the house to send the Husky faithful crazy. That run capped off an 80-yard drive after USC missed their first field goal. James finished the game with a high of 59 yards.
On Washington's first drive of the second half, which led to a 40-yard field goal, Pickett heard the Marques Tuiasosopo was in the house and he wanted to showcase his nifty runs as well. On five consecutive plays, Pickett scrambled four times for 27 yards, and Shelton Sampson scampered for a 14-yard gain, the longest of his career.
Again, a 3rd and 1 was not picked up via the run, as Sampson was stuffed for a one-yard loss in the second quarter.
Third-Down Conversions Given Up:
2002: Opponents converted 40% of their third-down attempts.
2003: Opponents have converted 37.5% of their third-down attempts.
On third and long (6 or more yards), the number of big plays given up are:
|10-19 yds||20-29 yds||30-39 yds||40-49 yds||50+ yds|
The defense didn't face many third-and long situations today, indicative of USC picking up plenty of yards on first and second downs. USC had only 11 third-down attempts, and converted on 54.5% of them.
On the first third and long situation of the game (the only one in the first half), USC was at the 17 and driving. Leinart threw behind a wide-open Mike Williams, forcing USC to attempt a field goal, one that clanked off the right upright. For awhile, it seemed like it would be the Dawgs' day.
With the Husky defense trying to establish some momentum after the half, facing third and six on their opening drive, Leinart hit Reggie Bush in stride as he slid past Tim Galloway and took it the distance, 60 yards, with absolutely nobody in sight. Trojans went up 26-14. That was the longest play given up on third and long in the past two seasons.
2002 total: +1
2003 to date: –5 (-1 today)
The first turnover of the game was a costly one. The Dawgs had crossed midfield, and had a third and 12 from the USC 42-yard line. The Trojans sent the house, and Cody Pickett felt immediate pressure and attempted to throw the ball away. CB Ronald Nunn took the gift interception into the endzone to put the Trojans up 14-7 and to deflate the Husky balloon. That was the third touchdown returned this season off of a Pickett interception.
The second giveaway came after a Reggie Williams reception at the USC 48-yard line. CB Marcell Allmond stripped the ball from Williams' clutches and USC recovered. After keeping the ball for 4:39, USC missed another field goal, this one wide left.
USC's Hershel Dennis fumbled a pitch, and Derrick Johnson jumped on the rock at USC's 16-yard line with 7:29 left in the third quarter. On first down, Williams was called for a hold. The next play Pickett missed a wide open Ben Bandel. On second and 18, Udeze hit Pickett's arm right when he tried to throw, the ball was batted around ending up in a 32-yard loss, and the Dawgs faced third and 50 from their own 44. Obviously, there were no points off this turnover and USC proceeded to totally dominate the remainder of the game.
Owens Honored: Legendary Husky head coach Jim Owens was honored at halftime with a statue, showing him looking forward on one knee, that will be permanently placed in the outside concourse between Hec Edmundson Pavilion and Husky Stadium.
Streaks End: Washington hadn't lost to USC at Husky Stadium since a 22-17 loss in 1993. The loss also broke a streak in which the Huskies had won six home games in a row when were televised by ABC-TV.
Missing Alexis: Husky senior tailback Rich Alexis sat out today's game with a thigh bruise. Kenny James and Shelton Sampson received all of the team's carries from the tailback position as a result.
New Highs for KJ: UW tailback Kenny James got the start, his first at Montlake, and set a new career-high with 58 rushing yards. His previous high was 45 against Idaho. James put the Huskies ahead 7-0 on a hard-earned 15-yard run right through the middle of the Trojan defense.
Tui Time: With his Oakland Raiders on a bye week, former Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo attended the game. When the game ended, he stood near the Husky tunnel chatted it up with his former teammates.
Trojans get Offensive: The 565 total yards of offense that USC complied today marked the first time that UW has given up over 500 yards of total offense in a game since BYU posted 575 in a Husky loss, Sept. 9, 1999. The Trojans racked up 351 yards passing and added 214 on the ground.
Moving up the Charts: Husky quarterback Cody Pickett and receiver Reggie Williams both continued their climb up the Pac-10 record books. Pickett moved past Stanford's John Elway (1979-82) to No. 6 on the conference's all-time passing yardage list. With 274 yards today, Pickett now has 9,364 passing yards in his college career. Williams moved to No. 3 on the conference's all-time receiving yards list with 3,265. His 115 yards receiving, all caught in the first half, moved him past USC's Johnnie Morton and Arizona's Dennis Northcutt. The junior from Lakewood also moved to sixth on the conference's all-time career receptions list with 212.
Hurtin' Huskies: Three Huskies were forced to leave the game and never came back. On the heels of his finest game as a Husky, Charles Frederick left in the first half with a sprained shoulder. He returned to the sidelines after halftime with a sling on, and Husky coach Keith Gilbertson says he'd be surprised if the junior is able to return to the lineup next week. Tight end Joe Toledo returned from chronic back pain, only to go down with a high-ankle sprain. Gilbertson said the season is most likely over for the third year man out of the San Diego area. Starting strong safety, Evan Benjamin, left in the third quarter, but figures to be full-go by next week according to the Husky head coach.