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USC defense too much for Huskies

Trojans sack Washington seven times and stop its rushing attack in victory

Updated: November 12, 2011, 9:58 PM ET
By Garry Paskwietz | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- One of the enduring memories of the 2010 meeting between USC and Washington was the way the Huskies offense performed in its 32-31 victory over the Trojans.

The Huskies gained 537 yards in that game, and the 32 points were the second-most a Washington team ever had scored on USC. On the final drive of that game, when Jake Locker marched the Huskies right down the field for an eventual game-winning field goal, the USC defense seemed powerless to stop anything Washington did.

[+] EnlargeNick Perry
AP Photo/Christine CotterUSC defensive end Nick Perry had 2.5 of the Trojans' seven sacks in their victory over Washington.
Fast forward to Saturday at the Coliseum, and the scene was markedly different in a 40-17 USC victory. This version of the Trojans defense was relentless in its pressure and continued its recent string of solid play. In fact, a case could be made for this being the best USC defensive performance of the season.

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