In the crosshairs: Washington

September 21, 2002.  On that day in history, the Carson Palmer led Trojans fell 27-20 to Kansas State in Manhattan. That date still holds significance today, as it marks the last time USC lost consecutive games to a single opponent. Since that time, Trojan teams are a perfect 6-0 in the revenge match, limiting previous year victors to a single season of celebration. Washington will enter the coliseum on Saturday in hopes of repeating the accomplishment of Bill Snyder’s Wildcats, and looking to snap a Southern California streak that extends seven years.

Steve Sarkisian leads his Huskies into Los Angeles packed full of confidence. It’s a team that achieved the improbable just one year ago, defeating Pete Carroll’s 3rd ranked Trojans in Seattle. It was a game that saw USC play without the injured Matt Barkley, and the team go 0-10 on third down conversions. It was a game of costly errors, including a crucial penalty on the final drive that assisted in Washington’s positioning for a chip-shot game winning field goal.  It was a game USC should have won easily—but it didn’t.

Washington Huskies (1-2)
National Rank: none
Last Week: Bye

“They’re different. This guy’s a really, really good thrower”-Monte Kiffin on Jake Locker vs Tim Tebow

Washington by the numbers

Category Nat. Rank Conf. Rank Average
Total offense 66 7 369.00
Rush offense 60 7 159.33
Pass offense 71 8 209.67
Pass efficiency 76 8 124.30
Scoring offense 67 8 26.33
Total Defense 100 8 425.67
Rush Defense 110 10 213.67
Pass Defense 68 6 212.00
Pass Efficiency Defense 81 8 130.24
Scoring Defense 104 9 33.00

The Skinny: Washington’s biggest challenge may be defending a Trojan rushing attack that lacks a featured ball carrier but still averages more than six yards per carry. The Huskies are the worst in conference defending the run, and USC is equipped with one of the best run blocking offensive lines in the country.

Washington also has to overcome the elements. This is only the second game away from Seattle, since losing to BYU in Provo on opening weekend. The Huskies have lost 13 consecutive road games, with the last triumph coming against Stanford in Palo Alto way back in November 2007. It’s been thirteen years since Washington last won a game in the L.A. Coliseum (November 1996), and the follow-up victory in Seattle also marks the last time the Huskies defeated the Trojans in consecutive years.

All Time Series: USC leads 49-27-4
Steak: Washington has won 1
Last Meeting: 2009-Washington 16, USC 13 (Seattle, WA)

Fun Facts

  • USC has won 32 consecutive night games
  • Washington has 35 players on the roster from Southern California

~ by Anthony on September 30, 2010.

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