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Halftime Analysis: No. 11 USC 24, UW 7

10/13/2012

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: Cornerback Marcus Peters. With Washington trailing 10-0, the redshirt freshman sparked the Huskies, picking off a Matt Barkley pass that resulted in the Huskies’ only scoring drive of the half.

Peters had six total tackles in the first quarter, including one for loss when he dropped running back Silas Redd in the Trojans’ backfield. He had seven total tackles in the first half.

What’s working for Washington: While Keith Price started 0 for 3 with an interception, the junior quarterback seemed to find the fun in football again late in the first quarter.

He had a 14-yard carry on the second play of the Huskies’ fourth drive. Then he rushed for 5 yards on the next play. He followed that a few plays later with a falling flip to Bishop Sankey for 15 yards and capped Washington’s scoring drive with a 17-yard touchdown strike to Kasen Williams in the corner of the end zone.

Price was smiling and the Huskies were marching, trying to work out of an early hole.

What’s not working for Washington: A special teams miscue costs Washington again. With the Huskies already facing a big first-half hole, they allowed a touchdown on special teams when USC’s Anthony Brown blocked a punt he scooped up and ran into the end zone.