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USC 40, Washington 17 (final)

November 12, 2011 |  4:00 pm


Lane Kiffin has evened the score with old friend Steve Sarkisian.

Sarkisian, a former assistant coach for USC, had defeated his old school twice since becoming Washington's head coach, beating mentor Pete Carroll in 2009 and Kiffin last season.

Both times, Nick Folk, a Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High graduate, was the hero with late-in-the-game field goals.

All those streaks ended Saturday -- in a big way.

USC made sure Folk wouldn't be a factor, routing the Huskies at the Coliseum.

A 46-yard field goal by Folk early in the second quarter was among Washington's few highlights.

The Huskies fell to 6-4 overall, 4-3 in Pac-12 Conference play.

USC improved to 8-2 overall, 5-2 in the conference.

Kiffin can thank father Monte's defense for a big assist.

The Trojans held Washington's powerful running attack to 46 yards in 24 carries. Chris Polk, one of the top running backs in the Pac-12, had 36 yards in nine carries.

USC also sacked Husky quarterbacks Keith Price and Nick Montana -- both also local products -- seven times.

Polk finished with exactly one more rushing yard that USC punter Kyle Negrete, who broke off an impressive run on a fake punt in the first half.

USC ran for 252 yards with Curtis McNeal leading the way by gaining 148 yards and a touchdown in 18 carries.

Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley completed 18 of 28 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown.

Receiver Robert Woods was unusally quiet, with two catches for five yards. But freshman Marqise Lee picked up the slack, catching nine passes for 74 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown.


USC vs. Washington photos

--Mike Hiserman

USC 40, Washington 10 (14:57 left in the fourth quarter)

Andre Heidari kicked a 30-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to push USC's lead to 30 points.

Heidari's kick capped a 61-yard, 15-play drive that took more than seven minutes to complete.

The drive was highlighted by three third-down completions from Matt Barkley to receiver Marqise Lee.

Barkley has completed 17 of 26 passes for 167 yards. Lee has eight receptions for 67 yards.

USC has amassed 401 yards and limited Washington to 148.

Washington quarterback Keith Price injured a knee midway through the third quarter and was replaced by Nick Montana.

Price completed 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards.

USC 37, Washington 10 (12:45 left in third quarter)

It might not turn out to be a shootout, but the second half has started that way.

USC tailback Curtis McNeal answered Washington's quick score with one of his own.

The junior broke off the left side and ran 79 yards for a touchdown. Washington safety Will Shamburger appeared to have McNeal in his grasp at the 20-yard line, but McNeal slipped through his grip to complete the scoring play.

McNeal has rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown in 15 carries.

USC 30, Washington 10 (13:36 in the third quarter)

Looks like the rout. . . .

Wait a minute.

USC's Marqise Lee returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.

The freshman receiver looked like he might be stopped when he ran into a pack in the middle of the field, but he broke toward the right sideline and then outran the Huskies to the end zone.

But Washington came right back, Keith Price connecting with receiver Kevin Smith on a 50-yard pass play to set up Chris Polk's one-yard touchdown run. 

USC 23, Washington 3 (halftime)

USC's defense has been impressive in the first 30 minutes at the Coliseum.

The Trojans, led by end Nick Perry, have limited Washington to 91 yards.

Perry has two of the Trojans' four sacks and has been a force against the run.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley has completed 10 of 16 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Barkley however, also has looked erratic at times.

Curtis McNeal has rushed for 66 yards in 13 carries for the Trojans, who have 246 yards.

Washington running back Chris Polk has gained 32 yards in six carries. Quarterback Keith Price is 10-of-14 passing for 72 yards.

USC 23, Washington 3 (2:44 left in second quarter)

USC continues to pull away.

The Trojans got a break when officials overturned an apparent 23-yard pass reception by Washington. On the next play, Washington's center snapped the ball over the head of quarterback Keith Price. USC defensive end Devon Kennard tackled Pricve in the end zone for a safety.

It was USC's first safety since 2006 against UCLA.

USC got the ball on the ensuing free kick and tailback Curtis McNeal carried the load during a seven-play, 51-yard scoring drive that ended with Matt Barkley's nine-yard touchdown pass to Marqise Lee.

USC 14, Washington 3 (6:58 left in the first half)

Kyle Negrete perfectly executed a fake punt and turned it into a 35-yard gain, keying a USC scoring drive.

USC had stalled at its own 45 when Negrete took the snap and then bolted up the middle before veering toward the left sideline for the long gain.

Four plays later, Marc Tyler scored on a one-yard run.

Negrete is the leading rusher in the game.

USC 7 Washington 3 (12:54 left in second quarter)

Does the name Erik Folk ring any bells?

Folk, a former Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High standout, beat USC with late field goals in 2009 and 2010.

His last-second kick last season was his fourth field goal of the game.

Folk struck again, this time kicking a 46-yard field goal to pull the Huskies to within four points.

The field goal capped a 10-play, 51-yard drive.

Washington quarterback Keith Price is eight-of-11 passing for 56 yards.

USC 7 Washington 0 (end of first quarter)

USC quarterback Matt Barkley has completed five of seven passes for 85 yards and has rushed for a touchdown.

Tailback Marc Tyler gained 24 yards in his only carry.

Defensive end Nick Perry has a sack.

Washington quarterback Keith Price has completed six of seven passes for 44 yards, and has the Huskies on the move early in the second quarter.

USC 7, Washington 0 (5:40 left in first quarter)

After a penalty-plagued first series, USC smoothed things out and took the early lead on quarterback Matt Barkley's one-yard sneak.

The big plays of the 70-yard scoring drive, however, were made by receiver Brice Butler and tailback Marc Tyler.

Butler, a junior, made a diving catch along the left sideline for a 36-yard gain.

Tyler, a senior who did not start after returning to the lineup from injury, set up Barkley's touchdown with a 24-yard run.

--Gary Klein

Photo: Washington running back Chris Polk is brought down by USC defenders after a short gain Saturday at the Coliseum. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times