Notes from the press box

Los Angeles, Calif. - This game was an "O-fer" in more ways than one. Not only did USC snap UW's 271-game scoring streak, but they stopped Washington from even getting one third-down conversion.

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  • The Dawgs were 0-14 on the day. This game also marks the 8th time UW has played the number-one team in the country during the regular season, and the Huskies have yet to post a win. They are 0-7-1, with the tie coming against California in 1937. Also, USC has yet to allow a touchdown in the fourth quarter this season.

    With Isaiah Stanback starting Saturday, it marks the first time in 32 years Washington has had three quarterbacks make starts during a single season. And with their combined 7-28 effort through the air, UW continues to be the only D1-A team that has not been able to complete 50 percent of their passes in at least one game this year.

    Boom or Bust?: Sean Douglas kicked off to start the game, the first time since the Stanford game. Evan Knudson had been handling kickoff chores for the past two games. Also, with two missed field goals by Mike Braunstein, Husky kickers have gone a combined 3-9 so far this season. Washington's last made field goal was against Notre Dame.

    At a loss: Manase Hopoi had 6 tackles for loss in the first half, highlighted by an 8-yard sack to force a field goal by USC. Hopoi's 6 TFL, including three sacks, tied a game record for most tackles for loss in a game. Jerry Jensen had six against Arizona State in 1997. Hopoi was leading the Pac-10 in TFL going into the game with 13.

    Bush-Whacked: Before his second quarter 15-yard touchdown reception, Reggie Bush was limited to minus-five yards on his first three touches and 10 total yards in the first quarter. He ended up with 126 all-purpose yards, 58 yards less than his season average.

    C.J.'s INT: C.J. Wallace recorded his first career interception in the first quarter on a pass from Matt Leinart intended for Chris McFoy.

    A downright offensive half: Washington had no first downs in the first quarter and three in the first half, the first coming on an 18-yard run by Kenny James with 11:32 to go in the half. The Huskies had 12 total yards in the first quarter and 55 total yards in the half. USC wasn't much better, as UW kept the number-one team in the country off the scoreboard until 11:45 in the second quarter, a Ryan Killeen 28-yard field goal.

    Short stack: USC's ten first-half points were the product of two drives starting deep inside Washington's own 20-yard line.

    Miscellaneous Notes:
    Tributes to Troy: First 'Tribute to Troy' with 20:20 seconds before gametime, nine at halftime. We stopped counting after that.

    Faces in the crowd: Britney Spears was seen at the game and Mike Williams was on the USC sidelines. North Hollywood running back Marlon Lucky was just one of many recruits that were seen. UW and USC are just two teams Lucky is looking currently looking at for college.

    Boone sighting: Aaron and Brett Boone were honored before the game and were at midfield for the coin-toss. Top Stories