Washington football came out on top in a must-win battle against USC, 28-14
Washington football’s defense forced three turnovers at important times during the game, and ran the ball very well against a tough USC front. Quarterback Jacob Eason went 16/26 for 180 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions, but he didn’t need to do too much, because Salvon Ahmed had a career-high 153 rushing yards on the day.
The Huskies put up 14 points in the first quarter, and first quarter dominance has been huge for them this year.
Freshman safety Cameron Williams had a huge day, finishing with two interceptions in key moments, and Elijah Molden had the Huskies’ third interception of Matt Fink. Kyler Manu had the team’s only sack. True freshman cornerback Trent McDuffie was the team’s leading tackler with nine
The turning point in the game came late in the 3rd quarter, after USC running back Stephen Carr took the ball deep into Washington territory on a 59-yard run. Then, Fink was picked off by Molden, and two plays later, Ahmed broke off an 89-yard run that was the dagger for USC.
USC showed some fight, as Michael Pittman caught a 44-yard touchdown late in the third quarter on a miscommunication in the Husky secondary. This put the Trojans back within two touchdowns, but neither team scored in the 4th quarter. The Trojans did have a few opportunities to score, but the Husky defense really impressed and was able to stay strong.
The Husky offense looked really good against a defense full of highly-rated talent, and now they’ll have some chances to pad their stats as they travel to Stanford and Arizona over the next two weeks, who are both ranked in the bottom 40 in the nation in yards per play allowed.