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Instant Analysis: USC 40, Washington 17

11/12/2011

What USC learned in this game

That it can put up big numbers on offense even when Robert Woods doesn’t have a big game. Woods had two catches for five yards and one rush for four yards. That lack of production didn’t stop the Trojans from putting up 426 yards of offense. That has to give the offense a lot of confidence as it prepares to keep pace with the Oregon offense next week.

What Washington learned in this game

That this is a different USC team than the one they faced the last two years. Washington has struggled this year against the top teams on their schedule and today showed that you can include the Trojans among those top teams.

Best Call

The Kyle Negrete fake punt. At the time, it was still very much a football game with USC only up 7-3 in the middle of the second quarter. Negrete ran the ball down to the Washington 21 and the Trojans popped in a touchdown a few plays later to make it 14-3. It cruised to victory from there.

Key Stats

1) USC with seven sacks. The Trojans were able to get pressure on Washington quarterback Keith Price throughout the game and the Huskies weren’t able to get any kind of offensive rhythm.

2) Chris Polk with nine carries for 36 yards. Polk is the Huskies' major force on the ground and he came into the game having gone over the 100-yard mark seven times this season. He was never able to establish himself as a factor in this game, and that hurt any chance of Washington coming into the Coliseum and getting a win.

Player of the Game

Curtis McNeal. The USC tailback gained 148 yards on 18 carries, including a 79-yard dash in the second half to help put the game away. McNeal provided an explosive element to the run game while also gaining the consistently tough yards.