USC Defense Shines In 40-17 Blowout Of Washington

The Trojans ran for a season-high 252 yards in the win over Washington.

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Marqise Lee Wins Pac-12 Special Teams Player Of The Week Honors

The USC Trojans emerged with a dominant 40-17 victory over the Washington Huskies on Saturday, sprinting out to a 23-3 halftime lead that the Trojans would not forfeit. Trojans freshman receiver Marqise Lee, who played a big part in securing USC's victory, has been recognized as the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Huskies.

Lee accounted for two touchdowns in the game, catching a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Barkley in the second quarter and running back an 88-yard punt return for a score on the opening kickoff of the second half. Lee also led USC receivers with 74 yards on nine catches.

The award marks Lee's first time winning a conference weekly honor. He joins teammates Barkley and Robert Woods as the only USC recipients to have done so this season.

Looking ahead, Lee will be called on to play another big game this week when the Trojans take on the surging Oregon Ducks. The Ducks handled the Stanford Cardinal 53-30 on the road last week, and USC will need big plays from receivers Lee and Woods if they hope to upset the Ducks.


Stanford Vs. Oregon Game: USC Trojans Need Ducks Win For Better TV Slot

Now that the USC Trojans have taken care of business with a 40-17 home win against the Washington Huskies on Saturday, they can sit back and watch the game of the week in college football. The No. 3 Stanford Cardinal are hosting the No. 6 Oregon Ducks Saturday night on ABC, in the battle for the Pac-12 North Division. USC has reason to root for Oregon.

The Trojans travel to Eugene next weekend to battle the Ducks, looking to avenge two consecutive losses to Oregon by a total margin of 48 points in the last two years. Why USC needs the Ducks to win is this:

  • if Oregon beats Stanford Saturday night, USC vs. Oregon will be played at 5 p.m. PST on ABC.
  • If Stanford beats Oregon Saturday night, USC vs. Oregon will be played at 7:15 p.m. PST on ESPN.

Whatever time slot the game will be, the Trojans will have their hands full. Though quarterback Matt Barkley isn't so sure, telling Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, "I think they were better when we played them in the past."

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC Vs. Washington By The Numbers: Matt Barkley, Robert Woods Quiet, But Still Climb In Record Book

The USC Trojans won their eighth game of the season on Saturday afternoon, and did so in a different fashion than they had all year in their 40-17 win over the Washington Huskies. The defense was stellar with a season-high seven sacks and the Trojans ran for a season-high 252 yards, allowing quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods to take a back seat.

Barkley completed 18 of 28 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown, a pedestrian game for him, but it gave him 29 touchdowns on the season, tied for fifth-most in school history for a single season.

USC Single Season Touchdown Passing Leaders
Player Year Games Comp% Yards TD Int
Matt Leinart 2003 13 63.4% 3,556 38 9
Mark Sanchez 2008 13 65.8% 3,207 34 10
Carson Palmer 2002 13 63.2% 3,942 33 10
Matt Leinart 2004 13 65.3% 3,322 33 6
Matt Barkley 2011 10 66.8% 2,782 29 6
Rob Johnson 1993 13 68.6% 3,630 29 6
John David Booty 2006 13 61.7% 3,347 29 9

Woods, who caught no passes in last year's loss to Washington, caught just two passes for five yards on Saturday, only the second time in 10 games he has been held to under eight catches. Still, he moved into third place for receptions in a season by a Trojan.

USC Single Season Pass Catching Leaders
Player Year Games Catches Yards TD
Keyshawn Johnson 1995 12 102 1,434 7
Mike Williams 2003 13 95 1,314 16
Robert Woods 2011 10 92 1,128 11
Dwayne Jarrett 2005 13 91 1,274 16
Johnnie Morton 1993 13 88 1,520 14

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC Vs. Washington: Trojans Dominate Huskies 40-17

The No. 18 USC Trojans played perhaps their finest game of the season, dominating the Washington Huskies 40-17 in front of 64,756 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was the eighth win of the season for the Trojans, who have won two straight and outscored their last two opponents 82-34.

USC snapped a two-game losing streak to former assistant coach Steve Sarkisian, now the head coach of the Huskies. Erik Folk kicked game-winning field goals in each of their last two meetings as time expired, but on Saturday he was not needed.

The Trojans' defense was the story, as they limited Washington to 13 first downs and 244 total yards. USC had seven sacks on the day, including three by defensive end Nick Petty, who has a team-high eight sacks on the season. Washington quarterback Keith Price completed 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards, but took a beating as he was sacked four times, and left the game after injuring his left knee in the third quarter.

Tailback Curtis McNeal ran for a career-high 148 yards on just 18 carries for USC, the fifth straight game he has led the team in carries. He had a 79-yard breakaway run with 13:36 remaining in the third quarter to give the Trojans a 37-3 lead. McNeal has run for a team-high 639 yards this season, including 658 yards on 96 carries, an average of 6.85 yards per rush, over the last six games.

USC as a team rushed for a season-high 252 yards on 40 carries against Washington.

Freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee continued his outstanding debut campaign with nine catches for 74 yards and one receiving touchdown. He also took the opening kickoff of the second half 88 yards for a touchdown to give the Trojans a 30-3 lead just seconds into the third quarter. In his last three games, Lee has caught 25 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns.

Left tackle Matt Kalil came out of the game in the third quarter with an apparent injury to his chest or shoulder area, but came back after receiving treatment on the sideline. Safety T.J. McDonald emerged from the locker room in sweats for the second half, missing the remainder of the game.

The Trojans have just two games remaining on their schedule. Next Saturday they travel to Eugene for a road battle against the Oregon Ducks, then close out their season on November 26 with a night game against the UCLA Bruins.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC Vs. Washington Game Score: Trojans Ride Strong Defense To 23-3 Halftime Lead

One year ago, the USC Trojans allowed 536 yards to the Washington Huskies in a 32-31 home loss. This year, the USC defense looks determined to not let that happen again, leading the Trojans to a 23-3 halftime lead at the Memorial Coliseum.

USC held Washington to just 91 yards on 25 plays in the first half, holding them to just five first downs while picking up four sacks, two by Nick Perry. USC even picked up a safety after a botched snap into the end zone, the first safety for the Trojans since their 2006 contest against UCLA.

Up 7-3 on a fourth-and-nine play from their own 45-yard line, the Trojans executed a perfect fake punt to catch the Huskies off guard. Punter Kyle Negrete put his head down and ran up the middle for a 35-yard gain and a first down to the 20-yard line. Five plays later, tailback Marc Tyler scored from one yard out for his third rushing touchdown of the season.

Tyler had 31 yards on four carries in the first half. Curtis McNeal ran for 66 yards on 13 carries in an efficient offensive first half for the Trojans. Matt Barkley completed 10 of 16 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown in the opening 30 minutes.

USC will receive the ball to open the third quarter.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC Vs. Washington Game Score: Trojans Lead 7-0 After First Quarter

The USC Trojans rode a strong defense and a couple big plays on offense to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter over the Washington Huskies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans defense was dominant in the opening quarter, as the Huskies failed to get a first down on any of their first three drives.

USC held Washington to 59 yards on 13 plays in the first quarter, though 48 of those yards came on the fourth drive of the game for Washignton. The Trojans picked up a pair of sacks, one each by Nick Perry and Lamar Dawson. Perry leads the team with six sacks on the season.

Matt Barkley scored from one yard out on a quarterback sneak with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead. It capped a six-play, 70-yard drive which was highlighted by a pair of big plays. Barkley hit junior wide receiver Brice Butler with a lofted pass down the left sideline for a 36-yard gain, and three plays later Marc Tyler ran for 24 yards down to the one-yard line to set up the score.

Tyler has missed nearly two full games with problems stemming from a dislocated shoulder against Notre Dame, and had just one carry for three yards in the last two games. He left the game against the Stanford Cardinal after just one play and his 24-yard scamper was his first carry since then.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC vs. Washington Final Injury Report: Trojans, Huskies Healthy Heading Into Pac-12 Showdown

Saturday's matchup between the USC Trojans and Washington Huskies may not be as big of a draw as Oregon and Stanford will bring, but it's a crucial game in the Pac-12 race. While the Trojans are ineligible for postseason play, the team still wants to finish towards the top of the conference to reestablish themselves across the nation.

For the Huskies, the team has yet to record a signature victory for their resumé and they can achieve that with a win this afternoon. Chris Polk is in the running for conference player of the year and he will look to have a monster game against an iffy USC front-seven.

Here is the final injury report for both teams:


DT DaJohn Harris, ankle, questionable
RB Marc Tyler, shoulder, probable
LB Dion Bailey, concussion, questionable
CB Torin Harris, shoulder, doubtful
RB George Farmer, ankle, questionable


WR James Johnson, ankle, questionable
S James Sample, shoulder, questionable


Neither team will be without their impact players, which only makes this game even more intriguing. Expect a high scoring shootout in Los Angeles.


USC Vs. Washington Football: Series History

The USC Trojans look to snap a two-game losing streak to the Washington Huskies on Saturday afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The No. 18 Trojans have lost each of the last two years to the Huskies on a last-second field goal by kicker Erik Folk, who is still kicking for Washington. Here is a look at the meetings between the two schools in the past decade:

  • 2010: Washington 32, at USC 31
  • 2009: at Washington 16, USC 13
  • 2008: at USC 56, Washington 0
  • 2007: USC 27, at Washington 24
  • 2006: at USC 26, Washington 20
  • 2005: USC 51, at Washington 24
  • 2004: at USC 38, Washington 0
  • 2003: USC 43, at Washington 23
  • 2002: at USC 41, Washington 21
  • 2001: at Washington 27, USC 24

The Trojans lead the all-time series against the Huskies 49-28-4.


Saturday's 12:45 p.m. PST game will be televised by FX, with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, and Tim Brewster on the call. For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


Washington Vs. USC Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Stanford-Oregon game may grab all of the headlines on Saturday, but the matchup between the Washington Huskies and USC Trojans is a heck of a matchup on its own.

For UW, they're a team with hopes of a big bowl game after winning the Holiday Bowl in 2010. The team has struggled against some of the better teams they've played this season and is looking for a signature victory. Southern Cal may be ineligible for postseason, but they are a program determined to get back to the pinnacle of college football.

Start Time: 3:45 EDT / 12:45 EDT

TV Coverage: FX will broadcast the game.

Radio: 710 AM ESPN Radio (KSPN) in Southern California and the surrounding areas.

Weather Report: Temperatures will be in the mid-60's at kickoff, but rain is in the forecast throughout the day. The teams may have to deal with sloppy conditions if the forecast holds true.

Opening Line: The Trojans are 13-point favorites for the Pac-12 showdown.

Team Sites: Conquest ChroniclesUW Dawg Pound


USC Vs. Washington Football: Trojans Look To Prevent Erik Folk Threepeat

Washington Huskies senior placekicker Erik Folk, a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, has beaten the USC Trojans with a last-second field goal in each of the last two seasons. On Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it's up to Matt Barkley and the Trojans not to give Folk a chance for a third consecutive game-winner.

In 2009 in Seattle, the No. 3 Trojans were without Barkley, who suffered a bone bruise. Aaron Corp was ineffective as his backup, and the Huskies drove into position for Folk to hit a 22-yard field goal for a 16-13 win.

In 2010 in Los Angeles, Folk's 32-yarder at the buzzer was his fourth field goal of the night in a 32-31 Washington win. USC allowed a whopping 536 yards in that loss last year, and an exasperated Lane Kiffin told the Los Angeles Times, "I don't know if I've been around a game with so many opportunities to win. So many times we could have closed this thing out or made a play to end the thing."

Folk this season has made nine of 11 field goals for Washington.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC Vs. Washington Football: Robert Woods Closing In On School Receiving Records

Heading into Saturday's game against the Washington Huskies, USC Trojans wide receiver Robert Woods looks to continue his climb to the top of the school record book. Woods has had an amazing season so far, averaging 10 catches and nearly 125 yards per contest, with 11 touchdowns in nine games.

Woods has caught at least eight passes in eight of nine games this season, but last season against the Huskies he was shutout. Woods didn't catch a single pass in that game, a 32-31 loss by USC, though Woods did return six kickoffs for 163 yards.

Woods needs five catches to tie Mike WIlliams for second-most catches by a Trojan in a single season, and 12 catches to match Keyshawn Johnson, who had 102 catches in 1995. Here is how Woods ranks on the USC single-season pass catching lists:


Keyshawn Johnson (1995), 102
Mike Williams (2003), 95
Dwayne Jarrett (2005), 91
Robert Woods (2011), 90

Receiving Yards

Johnnie Morton (1993), 1,520
Keyshawn Johnson (1995), 1,434
Keyshawn Johnson (1994), 1,362
Mike Williams (2003), 1,314
Dwayne Jarrett (2005), 1,274
Mike Williams (2002), 1,265
Robert Woods (2011), 1,123

Receiving Touchdowns

Mike Williams (2003), 16
Dwayne Jarrett (2005), 16
Johnnie Morton (1993), 14
Mike Williams (1993), 14
Dwayne Jarrett (2004), 13
Dwayne Jarrett (2006), 12
Robert Woods (2011), 11

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC vs. Washington, Injury Report: George Farmer To Play, Curtis McNeal Likely to Start

The USC Trojans are almost back to full strength as head coach Lane Kiffin noted at Wednesday practice that it could be possible that every player who's been injured as of late will be available for Saturday's game against the Washington Huskies, including running back George Farmer.  

Farmer told the media on Wednesday that his high left ankle sprain is about 90-95 percent healed, and that he'll give it a test before Saturday's game to determine whether he can play, though he plans on it. Farmer has been out since he injured the ankle at practice on October 25, though Kiffin said Curtis McNeal will likely will get the start, while Marc Tyler is also expected to play, returning this week from a shoulder injury. 

Cornerback Torin Harris returned to practice for the first time Wednesday since suffering nerve damage in his shoulder back on September 24. He was very limited in practicing, though is a great sign to see him recovering.  Finally, defensive tackle DaJohn Harris sat out of practice again with an ankle injury, one of the few Trojans who didn't participate on Wednesday. 

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles


USC Vs. Washington: Lane Kiffin States Game ‘Is Not About Sarkisian Vs. Kiffin’

Ahead of Saturday's game, the Washington Huskies and USC Trojans have been caught up in an exchange of words. The comments haven't been entirely negative but mirror the idea of boxers in a ring, tiptoeing around each other and buying time prior to the first round of a primetime fight.

Huskies defensive coordinator Nick Holt made the following statement following Washington's loss to the Oregon Ducks:

"Their play action game is real good - pretty similar to our stuff. But we'll be OK against these guys. I'd rather play USC than Oregon, quite honestly.''

Holt has since stated that his statement was meant as a compliment to Oregon instead of an insult towards USC. Holt won't have to convince Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin, who had this to say in response to Holt's comments, according to Ryan Divish of the News Tribune:

"I don't make much of it. They can say whatever they want. They beat us (last year). This is not about Sarkisian vs. Kiffin."

Kiffin is right. The hype surrounding Saturday's USC-Washington game so far has centered around the comments of Holt and head coach Steve Sarkisian, who stated that he would select USC quarterback Matt Barkley over consensus No. 1 pick Andrew Luck in this year's draft.

The attention should shift towards the players and stakes involved. Washington and USC both sport high-scoring offenses and two of the best quarterbacks in the country (Keith Price for Washington and Barkley for USC). Both teams will strive to build on their successful seasons this Saturday, hopefully giving fans and viewers an entertaining game to watch along the way.

For more news on USC Trojans football, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

For more on Washington Huskies football, check out UW Dawg Pound.


USC Vs. Washington Odds: Trojans Favored By Nearly Two Touchdowns Over Huskies

The USC Trojans (7-2, 4-2 in Pac-12) play host to the Washington Huskies (6-3, 4-2 in Pac-12) in the second-most exciting Pac-12 game of the weekend (behind Oregon- Stanford).  Both teams have losses to only AP Top 25 teams this year and should put on a good show on Saturday. Despite relatively successful seasons by both squads, the opening line places the Trojans as 13-point favorites in this game.

The Huskies' total offense per game is just a shade better than USC's per-game average (33.6 points per game vs. 33.4 points her game). Where the two teams differ, however, is on the defensive end. Washington is allowing on-average about one more touchdown each game (33.4 points per game allowed) than USC (25.7 points per game allowed).

Despite that disparity, the Huskies should keep things close in this game. Washington is a better team than the nearly two-touchdown difference suggests and should be able to keep pace with USC's Matt Barkley-led offense. Huskies quarterback Keith Price should throw a few touchdowns- as he manages to do every week- while running back Chris Polk continues to build on his 1,000-yard rushing season.

The Trojans should be favored in this game, but the 13-point spread is too high. Expect a back-and-forth shootout between two strong offenses that could be decided by one touchdown or less.


USC QB Matt Barkley (Six Touchdowns) Wins Pac-12 Offensive Player Of The Week

Matt Barkley had quite a night Friday in Boulder. The USC Trojans junior quarterback set a school record with six touchdown passes in a 42-17 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. The performance has earned Barkley the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.

Barkley completed 25 of 39 passes for 318 yards against Colorado, and threw for five or more touchdowns for the fourth time in his career. No other Trojans quarterback has that many such games. On the season, Barkley has thrown for 2,608 yards with 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Barkley's 28 touchdowns are tied for seventh-most by a USC quarterback in a single season, with three games remaining.

This is the second Pac-12 weekly honor for Barkley, who also won on October 3 after throwing for a career-high 468 yards and four scores against the Arizona Wildcats. Wide receiver Robert Woods also won the offensive player of the week after the season-opening win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC Vs. Washington: Running Backs Marc Tyler, George Farmer Expected Back Against Huskies

The USC Trojans have run for 610 yards in their last three games, and look for an even stronger rushing attack this Saturday against the Washington Huskies. Lane Kiffin on Sunday said he hopes to have tailbacks Marc Tyler and George Farmer ready to go on Saturday, both recovering from injuries.

Kiffin noted that the injuries have really affected special teams the most, as the team has been forced to play several front line players in unfamiliar roles. But at running back, the Trojans could get some reinforcements back against Washington.

"It would be really good to get George back because of the spark he gives us as a playmaker on offense. But he was playing great for us on special teams," Kiffin said. "If we get him back and Marc back, it gives us a big back, which we don't have with the other guys."

The freshman Farmer is dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out of the last two games. Tyler, who hasn't played since leaving the game against the Stanford Cardinal after just one carry after aggravating his shoulder, is also expected back.

Tyler, at 5'11", 230 pounds, is the largest of the Trojans' tailbacks. He has run for 438 yards on 97 carries this season, and average of 4.5 yards per rush, and two touchdowns this season.

Kiffin also noted that fullback Rhett Ellison will be back against Washington as well. "He could have played in the second half [against Colorado], we just didn't want to push him back out there," Kiffin said.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC Vs. Washington: Trojans Depth Chart Against Huskies

The USC Trojans have released their depth chart for Saturday afternoon's game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum against the Washington Huskies. As expected, freshman Lamar Dawson is listed as the starter at middle linebacker, replacing Chris Galippo. At tailback, the starter is listed as Curtis McNeal, the team's leading rusher, or Marc Tyler, who has one carry in the last two games while battling a dislocated shoulder.

Here is the depth chart for USC:



Special Teams

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.


USC LB Chris Galippo Benched, Lamar Dawson To Start Against Washington

USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin on Saturday told reporters that freshman Lamar Dawson would start at middle linebacker next week against the Washington Huskies. That unseats fifth-year senior Chris Galippo, who started the first eight games of the season before Dawson got the start in Friday night's win in Boulder against the Colorado Buffaloes.

Whitney Blaine of Fox Sports tweeted, "Kiffin said he told Chris Galippo last Monday he had two choices. 'He can practice his tail off…or he can sit around and pout'." Galippo, who has 40 tackles on the season, did not seem pleased with not starting on Friday, telling Scott Wolf of the Daily News, "I'm not going to lie. I was surprised. I don't agree with the decision."

Galippo is the only non-freshman to start at linebacker for the Trojans this season. Freshmen Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard started the first eight games with Galippo. Bailey was out Friday with a concussion, but Pullard was joined in the starting lineup by fellow freshmen linebackers Dawson and Tre Madden.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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