Sunday, October 14, 2012
3 Up, 3 Down: USC 24, Washington 14
By Mason Kelley
A look at positives and negatives from Washington’s 24-14 loss to No. 11 USC at CenturyLink Field.
Keith Price: The junior quarterback started 0 for 3, but completed his next 16 passes. He faced a heavy rush throughout the game -- he was sacked five times -- but finished 20 of 28 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. As good as he was at times, though, he did throw two interceptions and fumbled with the Huskies on the USC 3-yard-line in the fourth quarter.
Marcus Peters: The redshirt freshman picked off his his second pass of the season, which eventually led to a Washington touchdown. He finished tied for the team lead in tackles with nine -- one for loss -- and helped keep the Trojans’ high-powered passing game in check much of the game.
Desmond Trufant: The cornerback only had one tackle, but USC respected the senior enough to often work the side opposite of where he lined up. In addition to breaking up a pass on one of the few passes the Trojans threw his way, he also chipped in on special teams with a blocked field goal.
First-half offense: Washington was held to a total of 6 yards in the second quarter against the Trojans. In fact, 56 of the Huskies’ 87 yards of total offense in the first half came on their only scoring drive.
Bishop Sankey: The sophomore’s streak of 100-yard rushing games came to an end against the Trojans. The sophomore was held to 54 yards on 14 carries. He played better in the second half after being held to just 14 yards in the first two quarters.
Punting unit: Overall it was a decent day for Washington on special teams with Jaydon Mickens totaling 83 yards on kick returns and Trufant blocking a field goal. But, with Washington trying to keep the game close in the second quarter, USC’s Anthony Brown blocked a punt that he picked up and returned for a touchdown. The Huskies have had several major miscues on special teams each of the last two weeks.