The Washington Huskies and USC Trojans picked things up in the third quarter as both teams made big plays. USC benefited more from the big plays with two scores in the period, and the Huskies enter the early part of the fourth quarter down 40-10.
Marquise Lee got things started in the third period with an 88-kickoff return. The Huskies countered with a three-play drive- including a 53-yard pass from quarterback Keith Price to Kevin Smith- that culminated with a three-yard rushing touchdown by Chris Polk.
USC came right back and scored in two plays behind the explosiveness of running back Curtis McNeal. McNeal broke off a 79-yard touchdown run as he eluded the safety down the field to push the lead to 37-10.
Price injured his left knee on a sack during Washington's following drive, and he was replaced by Nick Montana. Price has taken several hits during the course of the game, including a sack in the endzone in the second period for a safety- and he will not return.
Montana will lead the Huskies as the two teams play through the game's final period. The Huskies have the ball after an early field goal by the Trojans.