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October 7, 2006 at 2:04 PM

Not too bad

I think any UW fan would be happy to be down just 17-10 at halftime on the road against the No. 2 team in the country, which the Trojans are now that Auburn has lost.
Most heartening is how UW is moving the ball. The Huskies have 169 yards ini the first half including 70 yards rushing on 14 carries — their best performance since the Oklahoma game. Kenny James is having his best game in a month with 49 yards and the TD reception.
But the defense is now the concern as USC has 230 yards overall and has converted 5 of 9 third-downs and 3 of 3 fourth downs.
USC will get the ball first to start the second hald and the Huskies have to find a way to get a stop.
You may have noticed that Jason Wells was injured near the end of the half. That’s forced Dashon Goldson to move back to safety instead of helping out at cornerback.
UW appears to be trying to blitz a lot again and the Trojans are taking advantage. But the Huskies are making the Trojans work for it. USC doesn’t have a play longer than 23 yards despite all those overall yards. In fact, USC has run an astounding 40 plays in the first half, about 10 more than most teams have been getting in a half this season. It will be interesting to see if USC tries to break out of its ball-control mode and take some shots in the second half.

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