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September 19, 2009 at 12:07 PM

USC game thread

CHRIS POLK ON THE WINNING KICK — “I was locked up with Jake and we were watching it and I was saying a little prayer to myself and as soon as he made it I jumped up and ran over to the track and to the fans and got them pumped up. And then when (the game ended) I just ran everywhere I was so happy.”
RANKED STAT — Last win against a team ranked this high at home was against USC in 1981, the memorable 13-3 win in the wind and rain here.
SARK SAYS WOW — Sorry for the misprint there on the earlier entry. Pretty chaotic.
The first comment from Sarkisian was “wow, these press conference keep getting better and better.”
He said he thought UW was in danger of losing 50-0 early on but that they just kept playing and competing. “We kept battling and competing and took care of the ball.”
And here’s my early game story.
More later.
GO CRAZY — Huskies get an amazing win. More later.
HUSKIES MOVING DOWN THE FIELD — UW has a chance to win it here with the ball at the 35 and 41 seconds to play. It’s all in UW’s hands right now.
TROJANS 0-10 ON THIRD DOWNS — Another key stat of the day.
USC TIES IT — Trojans get their first points since midway through the firist quarter to tie it at 13 with 4:07 after a 25-yard field goal by Congdon.
LINEBACKERS GETTING IT DONE — Best game ever by that trio as Foster bats down a third-down pass to stop USC and get UW the ball back.
UW TAKES THE LEAD — A 46-yard field goal by Folk has UW ahead 13-10 with 9:53 to play. Can the Huskies hang on?
HUSKIES THREATENING — A key play of the game as UW faces a 3-21 at the USC 28 with 10:08 left. UW has called its first time out of the half.
THIRD QUARTER STATS — USC has a 302-182 edge in yards and 198-51 on the ground. But three USC turnovers are the key.
HUSKIES HOLD — Another great play by Donald Butler, who is playing one of the best games of his career, stops the Trojans and UW has the ball at its own 39 with 14:21 to play in the game.
BARKLEY WARMING UP — Matt Barkley appears to be warming up for USC. Not sure if that’s to come in or just in case or what.
THIRD QUARTER ENDS 10-10 — No scoring in the third quarter, and who would have thunk this would turn into a defensive struggle? Only three points in the last two quarters.
Today’s official attendance is 61,889.
HORRIBLE READ BY CORP — You’re starting to see why Barkley won the job. Corp threw into double coverage and Butler intercepts and UW has the ball at its own 23 with 3:16 to play.
USC WINS REVIEW — They were trying to tell if Foster tipped the ball on the Trufant penalty. If he had there could be no pass interference. But the replay was inconclusive.
UW HELD AGAIN — Huskies got one first down but were then forced to punt as the Trojans are bottling up Locker right now. And after another short Mahan punt USC has the ball at its own 42 with 5:29 to play in the third.
USC SELF-DESTRUCTING — The Huskies have a lot to do with it with their energized play, but the Trojans look far from sharp with a penalty and a fumble killing a drive. UW has the ball at its own 16 yard line with the game still tied at 10 with 8:51 to play in the third quarter. Havili fumbled on a third down play going nowhere.
MCKNIGHT HURT — McKnight has left the and he’s on the trainer’s table.
SIDELIINE INTERFERENCE? — They made that an emphasis a year or two ago and the officials called it there on Holt at a bad time for the Huskies.
TRUFANT, CRICHTON AND THOMPSON ALL START SECOND HALF — Those three helped hold UW scoreless in the second half and the Huskies are going with their youth now.
UW HELD THREE-AND-OUT — A penalty helped kill the drive and UW has to punt. Huskies now 2-6 on third downs after entering the game 22-33, second in the nation.
CORP STATS — He was 5-6 in the first quarter, 2-7 in the second.
SARK AT HALFTIME — He got cut off during his radio comments and I didn’t hear enough to write anything down. But he was yelling loudly in what I did hear, apparently enthused by the way the first half ended.
It’s a cliche, but the first drive of the second half, with UW getting the ball, looms critical here. If UW can score it could really take control of the game.
HALFTIME STATS — USC holds a 223-126 edge in yards, but the Trojans have also gotten just three points out of its last three drives inside the Husky 30, the key to keeping UW in the game.
USC has 153 yards rushing on 18 carries which makes it hard to fathom why USC hasn’t run the ball more.
Corp is 7-13 for 70 yards passing.
UW has just 23 yards rushing on 19 carries which includes three Locker sacks for minus 21 yards.Polk has 34 yards on 14 carries.
Lockeris 7-11 for 103 yards.
TIED AT THE HALF — Huge play by Donald Butler to stop USC’s last run and the Trojans couldn’t get a field goal off before time ran out. So it’s 10-10 at the half. Considering the way it started you couldn’t ask for a better position for the Huskies right now, especially with the clouds returning.
USC GETS THE BALL BACK — I erred earlier as it is UW that will get the ball first to start the second half. USC has it at its own 30 with 1:22 to play in the first half after holding UW.
HUSKIES HOLD — Ever since UW returned to its base 4-3 it has held the Trojans. Another three and out and UW has the ball back at its own 28.
UW TIES IT — A 28-yard FG by Folk has tied the score at 10 with 4:09 left. UW might rue that it didn’t get in the end zone there as Locker had a great chance to run on first down but threw it instead. So far, only a couple of actual runs for Locker. Still, UW has shown it’s not going away.
CORP LOOKING UNTESTED — Corp is looking like a first-time starter
as he throws three straight incompletions on that drive. You wonder why USC went away from the run there. UW has the ball at its own 46.
MAHAN ANOTHER NICE PUNT — A 51-yard punt by Mahan and a USC penalty will have the Trojans starting at their own 17. UW is winning the field position battle so far.
POLK RUNNING HARD — Chris Polk has 31 yards on nine carries and they are hard earned as most are coming after contact and he is carrying guys for a few more yards.
But UW’s drive is in trouble as a penalty has the Huskies facing 2-17 at its own 30.
UW GETS BALL BACK ON FUMBLE — Staffon Johnson picked up nine yards on fourth down to get the first down but fumbled when hit by Foster with Glenn recovering at the 26. So UW has new life with the ball at the 12:00 mark.
UW USES SECOND TIME OUT — Thompson appeared confused as to whether he should be in the game, forcing UW to call a time out and causing Holt to erupt at Thompson. USC facing a 3-12 from the UW 46. Thompson is playing at DT.
EVERRETTE THOMPSON PLAYING — So no redshirt for him this year.
USC UP 10-7 END OF FIRST QUARTER — An interesting first quarter and a gutty one for UW as it has fought back to get right back into it. USC has the ball at its own 36 as the second quarter begins.
UW COMES RIGHT BACK — Locker ran in from 4 yards out through a spread out defense to make it 10-7 with 11 seconds to play in the first quarter. A great drive by Locker and a key one for UW to get some momentum back.
HUSKIES DRIVE RIGHT DOWN THE FIELD — Locker is 4-4 for 62 yards on this drive as UW has moved to the 4-yard-line with 16 seconds to go in the quarter.
UW FORCED BACK TO A 4-3 — UW tried stacking the box early on that drive again, with a standing D.end and Nate Williams right at the line.But Uw reverted back to its base 4-3 for the final three plays when the Huskies finally at least forced USC to kick an FG. USC not fooled at all by the new look.
USC TAKES 10-0 LEAD — USC drove to UW’s 23 before its drive stalled. But the Trojans got points as Jordan Congdon nit a 42-yard FG to make it 10-0 with 4:36 left in the first quarter.
UW GETS TWO FIRST DOWNS, THEN STOPPED — UW got two first downs then was stopped after getting to the USC 44 when Locker was sacked on third down, one of two sacks on the drive.
USC will take over at the 7.
TROJANS MAKE IT LOOK EASY — Lots of running room on that drive as USC goes 80 yards in six plays in 2:32 capped by a 7-yard run by McKnight to go ahead 7-0. Putting the defense on the field first didn’t work.
Neither did a four-LB alignment UW tried on the 37-yard run by Havili as Matt Houston came in alongside the other three.
Also note Crichton is on the line in a standing position at DE, another wrinkle that UW has added this week that also didn’t work on that drive.
CRICHTON STARTING AT DE — Talia is Crichton in place of Darrion Jones, who is in uniform and will play. Kalani Aldrich started there last week but the Huskies want more speed.
FOLK KICKS INTO THE EZ — He had the wind behind him but a nice kickoff to start.
CORP TAKING SNAPS ON THE SIDELINE — Corp is taking the snaps as the Trojans prepare to get the ball.
UW WINS TOSS, DEFERS — Interesting move to put the defense on the field first.
GAGE HONORARY GAME CAPTAIN TODAY — He joins the four regular captains.
CLEARING UP — The sun is beginning to peak through as gametime nears.
USC LINEUP UPDATES — For what it’s worth, a USC spokesman just officially announced that Mays won’t play.
He also said that the QB situation is still officially undecided, that Carroll wanted to watch warmups and then make his decision. But everyone expects Corp to be the guy.
A FEW ANSWERS — Here are a few answers:
How many times today does Locker have to run for UW to win? I’d say at least 10. I don’t see a way UW wins this game without him making some significant plays with his feet.
How are the regs? It’s a normal Pac-10 crew headed up by Jack Folliard.
What would the spread be today if the roles were reversed and it was Locker who was hurt? If it was just undecided whether he would play it might be off the board. If if were certain he couldn’t play, I’d say at least 25.
CHRISTINE WITH THE ONES — Greg Christine is working with the UW ones and I don’t see anything out of the ordinary as the Huskies go through their warmups.
BARKLEY THROWING — As I type this at about 12:10, Barkley is going through warmups, throwing passes. But Corp is working with the first-team offense, indicating he will start.
I’ll have some answers in a few minutes.



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