USC TO HANG ON — Looks like USC will hang on to this one as Price’s second fumble of the game, and fourth turnover of the game, has just about ended this one.
UW will fall to 3-3 at the halfway mark of the season.
Lots more later.
UW STILL IN IT — Lots of twists and turns to this one. The upshot is still no scoring in the fourth quarter and UW still has life, having the ball at its own 36 with 5:26 left after a Josh Shirley sack of Barkley on fourth down.
END THIRD QUARTER — And it was a good one for the Huskies, who are down 24-14 but have the ball at their own 48 and pitched a shutout that quarter to get back in it.
USC had a 233-87 edge in yards at the half but is just 296-198 now.
UW again doing the team huddle jump on the sidelines to start the fourth quarter.
HUSKIES BACK IN IT — Sorry to get this up late but a Price to ASJ TD has cut the lead to 24-14 as the third quarter is ending. However, UW’s Travis Coons missed a 46-yard field goal attempt that could have made it a one-score game.
HUSKIES GET A KEY STOP — We’re through the first three possessions of the third quarter and so far, no score.
USC has been sloppy, with dropped passes and penalties killing both drives — a holding call negated what appeared to be a touchdown to Robert Woods. UW’s Desmond Trufant then blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt to keep the score at 24-7 with 7:39 remaining.
The bad news for UW is more offensive futility as the Huskies went three and out on their first drive and at the moment have just 96 yards to USC’s 283.
HALFTIME — It’s 24-7 USC at the half, a score that accurately reflects what we saw as USC dominated, outgaining UW 233-87 and 123-29 on the ground. Price has been sacked three times and under pressure almost every other attempt. He is 10-13 for 58 yards, however, and looks better throwing it when he has a chance.
UW is in it largely due to the sequence where Barkley threw a pick and UW then had its only drive. Otherwise, it’s been all USC.
Sarkisian said in his halftime radio comments that the Huskies are simply getting beat too often when in man blocking schemes up front and may have to change protections.
He said he thought there might have been some miscommunication on the punt block, saying it looked like USC overloaded one side.
And he said the key for UW is to stop USC on its first drive and get a score to make it less than a two-score game, which he says has allowed USC to tee off on Price.
HUSKIES IN TROUBLE NOW — After a UW three and out, USC blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown and it’s now 24-7 with 4:41 to play in the half. Price was sacked on second down and flushed on third down as the USC line is beginning to dominate.
USC TAKES 17-7 LEAD — If USC was rattled by its turnover and quick UW score, it didn’t show it driving easily back down the field for another TD, this coming on an 18-yard pass from Barkley to tight end Xavier Grimble to make it 17-7 at the 12:22 mark. The key play was a pass over the middle to Lee on third and five on the first play of the second quarter.
FIRST QUARTER OVER —- First quarter over, USC up 10-7 and with ball facing a third and five at its own 47. USC has 132-87 edge in yards.
You are definitely seeing the Desmond Trufant effect here as he has shut down Marqise Lee so far, forcing Matt Barkley to look exclusively at Robert Woods and other receivers.
BIG TURNAROUND HERE — UW looked in some big trouble when USC had a first down at the 50. But Barkley was picked off by Marcus Peters on a throw down the sidelines and UW then drove 58 yards in eight plays in 4:17 to get on the board. The TD came on a 17-yard pass from Price to Kasen Williams, probably the best throw Price has had in some time.
Price was assertive on the drive, scrambling twice for key gains and another time alertly tossing the ball to Sankey for an 18-yard gain as he was about to be sacked.
USC TAKES 10-0 LEAD — Another bad start for UW and Price as Price was picked off on UW’s first play of its second possession, Dion Bailey gettinng it at the 34 as Price tried to hit a heavily covered Kasen Williams.
USC then needed just three plays to cash it in as Redd scored from 11 yards out to make it 10-0 at the 10:29 mark of the first quarter.
USC TAKES 3-0 LEAD — Huskies were held three and out on their first possession. Silas Redd ran 57 yards on USC’s first play to the nine, bouncing out of a pile at the line of scrimmage — Shaq Thompson saved the TD.
But UW then held USC, on two runs and then a Barkley rollout to Lee that was incomplete.
No real surprises on the starting lineups on either side other than maybe Josh Banks indeed getting the start at DT alongside Shelton. The LBs are Timu, Feeny and Shaq. Peters is the other corner.
The OL is the same as it has been.
PRE-GAME — As I type this, there are 22 minutes to kickoff and the players are back in the locker room.
As the Huskies went through the full team pre-game warmups, the OL looked the same as last week. It appeared that Josh Banks was running as the other DT starter along with Danny Shelton with Talia Crichton and Andrew Hudson at DE.
It also looked like Cody Bruns and Kevin Smith were the other WRs along with Kasen Williams. And if it needed said, Austin Seferian-Jenkins was doing everything and appears fine.
Also, Erik Kohler is on the sidelines but on crutches, looking like he won’t be playing anytime soon.
Ben Riva was in full uniform but I didn’t see him do any full team work indicating he may not be in the game plan other than as an emergency.
You can find the pre-chat chat below:
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