Missed opportunities befall Huskies

For the past few weeks, the Washington Huskies have had missed opportunities plague them and today was no different as they fell to the USC Trojans 27-24 in front of 68,654 fans at Husky Stadium.

USC QB John David Booty, after torching Washington State for 289 yards and four touchdowns last week, struggled most of the day against the Huskies totaling only 269 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

One of those interceptions was returned 54 yards by S Mesphin Forrester for a Washington score late in the second half.

Another Booty miscue, this one a center exchange, resulted in Washington's first score of the day as the Huskies took over at the USC 14 and QB Jake Locker took the ball over from 10 yards out putting Washington up early in the second quarter 7-0.

Booty then capped at six-play, 68-yards drive by hitting WR Patrick Turner across down the middle of the field for a 23-yard score.

RB Stafon Johnson, who had a big day running the ball, capped a seven-play, 77 yard drive by knifing through Washington's defense for an eight-yard touchdown to put USC in the lead 14-7.

Johnson (122 yards) combined with Chauncey Washington (106) to lead an overpowering Trojans ground game that amassed 224 yards and kept the Husky defense on the field. USC wracked up 460 yards of total offense to Washington's 190, but four personal foul penalties and three pass interference penalties allowed the Huskies to stay close.

Missed opportunities haunted the Huskies all night as Locker missed wide open receivers in the endzone – Corey Williams in the first half and Anthony Russo and Marcel Reese in the second – and CB Byron Davenport dropped and uncontested interception in the back of the endzone late in the game that would have prevented USC from going up by 10 with only three minutes remaining.

Locker was held in check by the fast Trojan defense managing only 90 yards through the air and 50 on the ground.

RB Louis Rankin was also held in check, for the fourth straight game, managing only 39 yards on 12 carries.

On defense the Huskies got 10 tackles and the one big interception from Forrester as well as fine tackles each from E.J. Savannah and Donald Butler, but it was the missed tackles that hurt the Huskies all night as they gave up several long plays that were initially stopped in the backfield, yet the USC running back was able to break free to keep a drive alive.

With 55 seconds left on the clock and the Trojans punting, Washington actually took advantage of an opportunity as CB Roy Lewis came off the left edge and blocked P Greg Woidneck's punt and then picked it up and retuned the ball to the USC nine and Locker was able to sneak it over from one yard out bringing Washington within three.

However, Jared Ballman's onside kick was recovered by Terrell Thomas and the Trojans were able to run out the clock.

Washington now gets a bye week before heading back out on the road to face a 5-0 Arizona State squad.

Injury Report: C Juan Garcia, S Nate Williams and DT Wilson Afoa all left the game at different times with injuries, but each returned at some point during the game.

S Jason Wells was not as lucky and, pending further evaluation, could be lost for several weeks with an injured right knee.

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