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USC vs. Washington final: Trojans win 24-14

The USC Trojans beat the Washington Huskies on the road at CenturyLink Field, 24-14, behind a strong performance from the defense and star running back Silas Redd.

After a quick field goal and touchdown off an interception, the Trojans got out to an early 10-0 lead over the Huskies and never looked back. Despite scoring zero points in the second half, USC's 24 first-half points proved to be more than enough to hold off the Huskies on Saturday night.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley did not have his average game, completing just 10 of 20 passes for 167 yards against the Huskies defense. While Barkley did throw for a touchdown, he was also picked off once, which led to points for Washington.

Instead it was Redd who paved the way for the offense, taking 26 carries for 155 yards and one touchdown. He was complemented on the ground by Curtis McNeal, who ran for 58 yards.

The victory gave the Trojans their third conference win and fifth victory on the season, while extending their winning streak to three games since falling to Stanford on the road.

Box Score Hero: Running back Silas Redd led the way for the Trojans offense on Saturday night, rushing for 155 yards on the ground in 26 carries.

Rankings Ramifications: The Trojans are already ranked No. 11 in the nation and this win on the road over a conference opponent could help the team move up in the rankings, but it will likely hinge on teams ahead of the polls losing their respective match up.

But Did They Cover? The Trojans were unable to cover the 13-point spread on the road, but the Huskies were, as Washington lost by less than 13.

For More On This Game: For more on Trojans football, visit USC blog Conquest Chronicles, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on Huskies football, visit Washington blog UW Dawg Pound, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Seattle.

Next Week's Schedule: The Trojans will go back home and prepare to host the visiting Colorado Buffaloes, while the Huskies will travel to Arizona Stadium to take on the Arizona Wildcats.

This story was originally published on SB