USC Trojans: Kasen Williams

Halftime Analysis: No. 11 USC 24, UW 7

October, 13, 2012
10/13/12
5:57
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SEATTLE -- There were plenty of positives for Washington to hold onto heading into Saturday’s matchup with No. 11 USC. The Huskies had won 10 of 11 at home and two of the three matchups against the Trojans under coach Steve Sarkisian.

Even after falling behind early, there was still reason to remain optimistic Saturday, since the Huskies trailed 10-0 in 2009 before coming back to beat USC, 16-13.

If Washington wants a repeat performance, the Huskies have work to do. They head into the half trailing 24-7 at CenturyLink Field.

Stat of the half: USC holds a sizable advantage in total offense heading into the half, outgaining the Huskies by 146 yards. Washington finished the first two quarters with 87 yards and, outside of their one scoring drive, really struggled to move the ball.

Player of the half: USC running back Silas Redd ran for 116 yards on 14 carries, adding an 11-yard touchdown to stake the Trojans to an early 10-0 lead after a Dion Bailey interception started USC in Washington territory on the Huskies' first drive.

What’s working for USC: Pretty much everything at this point. The Trojans have rushed for 140 yards, Matt Barkley is 7 for 11 for 101 yards and a pretty touchdown pass to Xavier Grimble in the second quarter, the defense has held Washington to 87 yards, and Anthony Brown blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. It's hard to find much wrong with what has gone on from a USC perspective, especially in a hostile environment.

What’s not working for USC: Barkley did throw an interception to Marcus Peters that eventually turned into Washington's only points of the half, as Keith Price hit Kasen Williams on a touchdown pass to bring the Huskies within 10-7. But besides that, it's been a good first half for the Cardinal and Gold.

What to watch in the Pac-12: Week 2

September, 6, 2012
9/06/12
7:15
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Here are some of the storylines to keep an eye on in Week 2.

1. Who can rebound? Washington State, Cal and Colorado will all look to get in the win column this week after disappointing debuts. Each has something specific it needs to work on in Week 2. The Bears need to find a way to get off the field on third down, Colorado needs to find a running game, and Washington State needs to find a little confidence (positive rushing yards wouldn't be bad, either). And even though Stanford won last week, there was a vibe around the team that a 20-17 against San Jose State isn't going to cut it. And they are right. After this week's game against Duke, USC comes to town and then a big road trip to Washington. Cal has its big matchup with Ohio State looming as well. A lot needs to be sorted out for these four teams in Week

2. Super schedule: Some huge measuring-stick games this week against out-of-conference, BCS-conference foes (seven total). UCLA will see what they really have in Brett Hundleywhen he sees a Nebraska defense that won't be as generous as Rice. And we'll see if Arizona State and Arizona are the real deal when they take on Illinois and Oklahoma State, respectively. While it was nice to see all three win in Week 1, the big question now is whether they can all sustain it with the competition level being increased dramatically. And there are a couple more nonconference games we should mention ...

3. What about the Beavers? Mike Riley joked that so far this season feels like the training camp that would never end. As last week's game against Nicholls State was re-routed because of Hurricane Isaac, we're still not sure what we're getting with Oregon State. We know they want to run the football, and Storm Woods is the guy to do it. At question is whether they'll have success against Wisconsin. It's tough to open the year against a ranked opponent, and Riley called this one of the biggest nonconference games in school history. Also eager to see how much progress Sean Mannion has made and how OSU's passing attack led by Markus Wheaton stacks up against the Badgers. By the way, big ups to OSU, which will have volunteers from the American Red Cross at Reser Stadium to take donations that go to victims of Hurricane Isaac. Classy gesture.

4. What about the Huskies? Grrr ... the SEC. They win national championships. They dominate the rankings. Their fans come to our blog and troll with impunity. Grrr. How well will the Huskies represent the conference when they travel to Baton Rouge? Washington showed a lot of inconsistency against San Diego State, particularly on offense. And losing running back Jesse Callier for the season certainly doesn't help the situation. But when the Huskies were clicking, it was Keith Price connecting with Austin Seferian-Jenkins (nine catches, 82 yards) and Kasen Williams (six catches, 75 yards, 1 touchdown). That trio will have to have a monster game to pull off a shocker against the No. 3 team in the land.

5. Desert defense: Some interesting matchups when you look at Arizona and Arizona State's competition -- particularly at the quarterback spot. How will the Wildcats fare against Oklahoma State freshman quarterback Wes Lunt, who actually saw less field time last week than Marcus Mariota? The Sun Devils might or might not face Illinois starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who has been out with an ankle injury. Head coach Todd Graham said they are prepping to face Scheelhasse, though there's a good chance (depending on which update you read at any particular hour) the Sun Devils could be seeing Reilly O'Toole.

 

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