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.
The Washington Huskies cut into a 24-7 halftime deficit with some big plays, and they now trail the No. 11 USC Trojans 24-14 at the end of the third quarter.
The Huskies got back on the board with aggressive play-calling after blocking a 41-yard field goal attempt from USC's Andre Heidari. Immediately after the blocked field goal, Keith Price hit tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins up the sideline for a 34-yard gain. The next play was a 21-yard pass to DiAndre Campbell, and then Seferian-Jenkins later capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown reception.
After cutting it to 24-14, Washington began its next possession at the USC 46 after a 27-yard punt return from Cody Bruns. But the Huskies would gain only 17 yards on the possession, and failed to score when Travis Coons missed a 45-yard field goal.
The Trojans were held to just 63 yards of offense in the quarter after tallying 233 yards in the first half, but the Trojans have still outgained Washington 296-198.
Already trailing 17-7 and punting from their own 14-yard line, Washington failed to block USC's Anthony Brown, who then blocked Travis Coons' punt and ran it in for a touchdown.
The 17-point deficit came after the Huskies made it a 10-7 game at the end of the first quarter with a touchdown pass from Keith Price to Kasen Williams. But a USC drive that extended into the second quarter would get the touchdown right back. On the fifth play of the second quarter, Matt Barkley threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Grimble to make it 17-7.
The Huskies managed just six total yards in the second quarter, as the Trojans are currently outgaining them 233-87. Price is 10-13 for 58 yards, while Bishop Sankey has 14 rushing yards on five carries.
Barkley is 7-10 for 101 passing yards, while Silas Redd has already totaled 108 rushing yards on 12 carries.
The Washington Huskies trail the No. 11 USC Trojans 10-7 despite an early turnover that put the Huskies in a hole.
On the first play after USC converted a 60-yard drive into a field goal, Keith Price was intercepted by Dion Bailey to give the Trojans a 34-yard field. Three plays later, Silas Redd punched in an 11-yard touchdown run to give USC a 10-0 lead.
The Huskies would return the favor late in the quarter, however. Marcus Peters intercepted Matt Barkley at the Washington 35-yard line to halt a Trojans drive, and the offense went to work. Price went 5-5 on the drive for 42 yards, and capped off an eight-play drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kasen Williams.
Washington ended the first quarter with 81 yards of total offense, with Price posting 47 passing yards on seven completions. Price is also the Huskies' leading rusher with 19 yards on two carries.
In the preview, Jack Follman shares that Husky fans should be confident about the strength of their secondary, the lesser caliber of USC's offensive line compared to past opponents and the expected crowd noise. But when it comes to things that should worry the Washington faithful, lack of quarterback pressure should be at the forefront of their minds:
"The Huskies just can't seem to get consistent pressure on quarterbacks and they may have been able to get away with it a little bit against the quarterbacks they have faced thus far in Seattle, but Matt Barkley will absolutely torch them if they can't get pressure on him. Also, the Huskies will not likely be able to generate pressure with blitzing defensive backs as they will have their hands full with (WRs Marqise) Lee and (Robert) Woods."
Follman goes on to share that he expects the Trojans to win 38-20 even though he does like the way the Huskies match up against USC. For the full look at the extensive preview before Saturday's game at 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX television, click here.
Here's what Washington defense coordinator Justin Wilcox had to say about what Redd brings to the table as a ball-carrier:
"They were plenty good before him, and now you add him to everything else and they're incredibly explosive...He's plenty fast to take it the distance. He's got really good elusiveness."
Redd has paced the Trojans with a team-high 415 yards and five touchdowns on 75 carries so far this season. His best game came in late September against Cal in which he compiled 158 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. And with center Khaled Holmes now back from his right leg injury, there should be nothing stopping Redd from taking his game to the next level, according the USC head coach Lane Kiffin:
"We're seeing Silas' role grow...For anybody, it takes a little bit of time and, as you see, he's really starting to be more productive in our system. I think he's going to have a great year and take off, and he's a great kid to have in our program."
The Huskies have been allowing an average of 137 yards per game on the ground in 2012. That number could very possibly grow if Redd takes another step in the right direction this Saturday in Washington.
Steve Sarkisian and the Washington Huskies get set for the USC Trojans. One of the big matchup figures to feature Desmond Trufaunt and the Washington secondary trying to stop USC wide receivers like Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.