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Washington upsets No. 3 USC, 16-13

September 19, 2009 | 12:50 pm


Washington 16, USC 13 (final)

One week after ending a 15-game losing streak, the nation's longest, Washington has upset third-ranked USC in a Pacific 10 Conference opener today at Husky Stadium.

A 22-yard field goal by Erik Folk with three seconds remaining in the game was the difference. Folk is a sophomore from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High.

Washington, guided by first-year Coach Steve Sarkisian, who had been USC's offensive coordinator, started the winning drive at its own 33, and quarterback Jake Locker was sacked for a loss of 12 yards on the first play.

But Locker came back to complete all four of his passes on the drive for 56 yards. And he converted two big third-down plays -- a 21-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse on third and 15, and a four-yard run on third and two.

Locker completed 21 of 35 passes for 237 yards. Aaron Corp, starting at quarterback for USC in place of injured Matt Barkley, completed 13 of 22 passes for 110 yards with an interception.

Check out photos from the game as well.

-- Mike Hiserman

USC 13, Washington 13 (4:07 left)

Jordan Congdon's 25-yard field goal capped a 56-yard drive by the Trojans and tied the score.

Damian Williams' 31-yard punt return to USC's 44 set up the drive. Joe McKnight then carried 34 yards inside the Huskies' 25-yard line, where he fumbled. The Trojans recovered and their drive later stalled on a failed third-and-goal play when Stafon Johnson was stuffed on an inside running play.

-- Dan Loumena

Washington 13, USC 10

The Huskies went ahead for the first time on Erik Folk's 46-yard field goal.

The key play of an 11-play drive was Jake Locker's 12-yard pass to James Johnson on third and 11 at the Trojans' 29.

Two plays later, Washington hurt itself with a holding penalty and faced third and 21 at the 28.

Locker tried a pass into the end zone intended for Chris Polk.

But Folk split the uprights with 9:53 left in the game to put the Huskies ahead by three.


USC 10, Washington 10 (end of third quarter)

USC continues to give Washington opportunities to pull off the upset.

After holding the Huskies following Stanley Havili's fumble, the Trojans got the ball at their own 42-yard line.

But on second and two at the Washington 22, Husky linebacker Donald Butler stepped in front of an Aaron Corp pass intended for David Ausberry and intercepted it.

The Trojans stopped the ensuing possession at their 46, but the Huskies' punt put USC at its own 14.

Joe McKnight rushed for three yards on the last play of the quarter.


USC 10, Washington 10

USC held the Huskies on the first possession of the second half and then things started to get interesting.

USC took over on the 50-yard line and, despite several penalties, moved the ball. The Trojans even got help from former USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt, who was penalized for being on the field and interfering with Joe McKnight as the tailback turned upfield after catching a pass.

McKnight's 13-yard run later in the drive was followed by Stafon Johnson's 10-yard gain. But on third and seven at the 12, fullback Stanley Havili caught a swing pass to the right and then fumbled. The play was reviewed by the officials, but the call stood, giving Washington possession.

Halftime stats

Aaron Corp completed five of six passes in the first quarter but he finished the half seven of 13 for 70 yards.

Fullback Stanley Havili has rushed for 49 yards in five carries. Joe McKnight has 44 yards and a touchdown in five carries and Stafon Johnson has 37 yards in three.

Washington quarterback Jake Locker is seven of 11 for 103 yards. He also has rushed for a touchdown.

Chris Polk has rushed for 34 yards in 14 carries for the Huskies.

USC has outgained the Huskies, 223-126.



USC 10, Washington 10

USC might be kicking itself if the end of the first half comes back to haunt the Trojans.

USC got the ball with 1:22 left at its own 30-yard line and moved down the field on Aaron Corp's 31-yard pass to fullback Stanley Havili.

The Trojans had a first down at the Husky 38, but on third and one at the 29, Havili was stopped for a one-yard loss with less than 10 seconds left.

The Trojans were out of timeouts. They lined up for a 48-yard field-goal attempt by Jake Harfman, but officials ruled that the clock had expired before the ball was snapped.

Too bad for the Trojans: Harfman's kick sailed through the uprights.

So the Trojans go into the locker room tied rather than with a three-point lead.


The Huskies won't quit.

Washington and the Trojans traded possessions after Stafon Johnson's fumble, and then Locker went to work again.

USC kept the Huskies' drive alive with a late hit on Locker that drew a personal foul penalty.

Then, on a third-and-16 play, Locker connected with receiver Jermaine Kearse for 30 yards to the Trojans' 15.

Locker misfired on first down, scrambled for six yards on second down and officials ruled a receiver stepped out of bounds before coming back onto the field for a third-down reception.

Erik Folk's 28-yard field goal with 4:09 left in the half tied the score.

USC 10 Washington 7 (end of 1st quarter)

The Trojans' offensive line opened enormous hole for Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson. The Trojans drove 68 yards but had to settle for Jordan Congdon's 42-yard field goal.

Washington quarterback Jake Locker got going, though, and drove the Huskies 68 yards, capping a scoring drive with a four-yard sneak.

USC looked like it would answer the Huskies when the Trojans drove to the Washington 35-yard line. On fourth and one, Stafon Johnson ran off left tackle and picked up the first down ... then had the ball stripped and lost a fumble.

USC 7 Washington 0

With Aaron Corp starting at quarterback, USC takes the first possession and drives 80 yards in six plays.

A personal foul penalty against Washington and a 38-yard run by fullback Stanley Havili helped set up Joe McKnight's seven-yard touchdown run.

-- Gary Klein

Photo: USC defensive backs Will Harris (26) and Josh Pinkard deflect a pass in the end zone intended for Washington tight end Chris Izbicki in the second quarter Saturday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times