NCAA Game Summary - Washington at Southern California|
(Saturday, October 2nd)
Final Score: Washington 32, (18) Southern California 31
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Erik Folk drilled a 32-yard field goal on
the final play of the game to lift Washington to a 32-31 win over 18th-ranked
USC at the Coliseum.
Jake Locker connected on 24-of-40 throws for 310 yards and one touchdown and
carried 12 times for 110 yards for the Huskies (2-2, 1-0), who beat the
Trojans in Los Angeles for the first time since November 2, 1996.
Chris Polk ran for 92 yards on 13 carries and a score and Jermaine Kearse made
six catches for 92 yards as the visitors won on the road for the first time
since a 2007 victory at Stanford.
Allen Bradford ran for a career-high 223 yards on 21 totes and two touchdowns,
and Marc Tyler added 60 yards and two TDs on 14 tries for the Trojans (4-1,
1-1), who had a 16-game night-time home win streak snapped.
Joe Houston's 27-yard field goal had put USC back in front, 31-29, with just
under 10 minutes to go.
"Unfortunately for us, we had so many opportunities to finish the game out,"
USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. "If you're going to be a championship team,
you have to finish people off when you have the ball. You can't go and kick
UW then moved to the USC 38, but the drive ended on a fourth down
incompletion. The Trojans followed with a series that advanced to the Huskies'
23 before Houston missed a 40-yard field goal try.
The Huskies took over with 2 1/2 minutes to go. Locker connected with D'Andre
Goodwin for 18 yards on 4th-and-10 from the Washington 23, and Polk then ran
for 26 more to the USC 33. Polk carried twice and Locker once to get the ball
to the USC 15 with three seconds left to set up the winning kick.
After the Trojans called three timeouts to try to ice Folk, he booted the
game-winning field goal over USC for a second straight season. Last year, he
made a 22-yarder at Husky Stadium with three seconds left to upend the then
"I knew if I hit it well, it would go through," Folk said. "I wasn't thinking
about the situation. I've been in it before."
USC scored on its first possession, as Bradford ran 37 yards up the
middle to the end zone to finish off a seven-play, 76-yard drive just over 3
1/2 minutes into the game.
The Huskies moved 72 yards on nine plays on their first possession before the
drive stalled at the Trojans' six-yard line. Folk came on to boot a 23-yard
field goal to make it a 7-3 game.
Washington forced the hosts to punt and took over with 3 1/2 minutes left in
the opening quarter. The Huskies authored a 12-play, 80-yard drive that was
capped off by Polk's one-yard scoring run one minute into the second period.
Locker kept the drive going by running for 16 yards on 4th-and-1 to the USC
16-yard line two plays before the touchdown.
USC went three-and-out on its next touch, and the Huskies took over at the
Trojans' 44 and extended their lead on the very next play.
Locker rolled left on a play fake and threw down the middle into the end zone
to Devin Aguilar for a touchdown that staked the visitors to a 17-7 lead with
just under 12 minutes left in the half.
Robert Woods brought the ensuing kickoff back to the UW 38, and the Trojans
took advantage of the good field position to get back in the game. Tyler
banged his way in from four yards out to finish off a five-play drive.
On the next Washington possession, Locker ran for 50 yards inside the Trojans'
10, but fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touchback that thwarted
another potential scoring drive.
USC then fashioned an 80-yard march in 11 plays that was finished off by
Tyler's six-yard scoring run that put the hosts back in the lead at 21-17 with
2 1/2 minutes to play in the half.
Folk booted a 41-yard field goal with 40 seconds left in the half to make it a
one-point game at the break and nailed a 35-yarder five minutes into the third
quarter to put the Huskies back in the lead at 23-21.
Bradford put the Trojans on top again with a 16-yard scoring dash with just
under five minutes left in the third. He carried on four of the five plays in
the drive for 50 yards.
The Huskies regained the lead three plays into the fourth quarter on a one-
yard scoring pass from Keith Price to Chris Izbicki. However, the visitors'
try for a two-point conversion failed and their advantage remained at 29-28.
Price came on in relief of Locker for one play after the senior signal caller
was injured on a one-yard gain to the one-yard line.
Locker has now completed 505 passes in his career, good for second on the
Huskies all-time list behind only Cody Pickett...He has now thrown for 6,310
yards in his career, 82 shy of passing Brock Huard for second on the school's
all-time list...Aguilar made five catches for 83 yards while Polk grabbed
four passes for 50 and Goodwin grabbed four more for 48 yards...USC leads the
all-time series, 49-28-4...20 of the last 33 meetings have been decided by
12 points or fewer...The Trojans have scored at least 20 points in 103 of
their last 112 games...USC quarterback Matt Barkley connected on 14-of-20
throws for 186 yards...Ronald Johnson caught six of his passes for 109
yards...Kiffin and UW head coach Steve Sarkisian coached together under
Pete Carroll with the Trojans for five years and met as head coaches for the
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