Second half Trojan charge buries Huskies

Los Angeles, CA – #1 ranked USC scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to turn a close game into a 38-0 rout of Washington this afternoon at The Coliseum.

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  • LenDale White scored on two short touchdown runs and had 93 rushing yards while Matt Leinart had two touchdown passes for the Trojans. The Husky offense was held to just 112 yards and six first downs in perhaps its worst performance in UW school history.

    It marked the first time Washington had been shut out since 1981, 271 games ago.

    Washington and USC went toe to toe for the first half, as both defenses dominated. The Husky defense did a wonderful job of standing up to the vaunted Trojan offense, holding them scoreless until a Husky turnover finally reared its ugly head.

    Midway through the second quarter, Frostee Rucker caused Husky QB Isaiah Stanback to not cleanly exchange the ball to James, and the ball fell to the ground at the Husky 18. Lofa Tatupu recovered and the Trojans found themselves on the Husky six yard line. Again the Husky defense came up big, as Manase Hopoi broke through and sacked Matt Leinart, and USC settled for a 29-yard field goal to go on top 3-0.

    Earlier, CJ Wallace had picked off Leinart and returned it to the USC 33 yard line, but the Dawgs were unable to capitalize and Michael Braunstein missed from 46 yards away and the Huskies came away empty.

    USC got untracked for the only drive of the first half and went 83 yards in 8 plays, capped off by a Leinart to Reggie Bush 15 yard touchdown pass, as USC went ahead 10-0 at the half.

    Washington had one last shot at scoring when LenDale White fumbled and Scott White recovered in USC territory with 30 seconds remaining, but Braunstein missed wide right from 47 as the half ended.

    Washington had but 55 total yards of offense for the entire half, but was still in the game.

    The flood gates opened on the first play of the second half, when Kenny James fumbled as he was hit in the backfield by Matt Groetegood. Rucker recovered and USC had the ball on the Husky 18. It would take the Trojans four plays to score, as White punched it in from three yards out to make it 17-0.

    On their next possession, the Trojans would put the game out of reach with a Leinart to Jason Mitchell 29-yard touchdown pass. Mitchell was 10 yards open down the middle of the field, and it was 24-0 with barely three minutes elapsed in the third quarter.

    The Husky offense stalled over and over again and when White went over from 3 yards out to cap a 62-yard drive, USC was up comfortably 31-0 and Pete Carroll pulled his starters.

    Washington took six possessions in the second half before picking up a first down, which came from a Casey Paus to Bobby Whithorne 12-yard play. Sonny Shackelford would give it up two plays later, as the ball bounced off of his chest and into the arms of Keith Rivers, who returned it to the Husky 28.

    Desmond Reed, USC's fourth string tailback scored the final points on a 28 yard jaunt through an exhausted Husky defense with just 1:57 remaining.

    The Huskies dropped to 1-6, assuring their first losing season since 1976, Don James' second season as the coach. The offense was anemic, going 0-14 on third down conversion attempts and turning the ball over four times en route to picking up just 112 total yards and six first downs for the entire afternoon. Their longest drive spanned 26 yards and consumed just over two minutes.

    Isaiah Stanback, making his first collegiate start, suffered through a nightmare. He completed just 3 of 17 passes for 27 yards. Paus was just 4 of 12 for 36 yards in relief.

    If that wasn't painful enough, the point spread before the game was 34, and USC covered that enormous gap. Top Stories