USC took control of the game early in the first quarter on both sides of the ball, starting with the defense forcing a three-and-out against the Huskies defense in the first drive of the game.
On the other end, Trojans running back broke out his first carry for 57 yards on the ground, giving the Trojans a fresh set of downs on Washington's nine yard line. However, the team was unable to score a touchdown, instead settling for a 23 yard field goal.
On the very first play of the following drive for the Trojans defense, USC's Dion Bailey picked off Huskies quarterback Keith Price, giving the Trojans offense great field position. This time, the Trojans offense took advantage of it, scoring a touchdown.