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5 Reasons Why Washington Was Smoked by USC

Game Recap

Washington lost their 2nd straight game on Saturday in La La Land.

The Huskies are bowl eligible for the 2nd straight season, but every ranked team that they have played has crushed them and they were schooled by the Trojans in their last game out on Saturday.


Here are 5 reasons why UW lost to USC.

1. The Huskies could not get things going on offense

 The Huskies only had 244 yards in the game and QB Keith Price was sacked 4 times, only has 125 passing yards and failed to toss a TD pass for the first time all season.

RB Chris Polk rushed for a season-low 36 yards.

2. The Huskies could not contain the run

Coming into the game UW had to be more worried about USC Matt Barkley and the Trojans’ passing attack, as the Huskies have a better run defense that pass defense.

However, that was not the case in the game since USC rushed for 252 yards.

USC RB Curtis McNeal rushed for a career high 148 yards including a 79-yard TD run, and for the game averaged a solid 8.2 yards per carry.

3. Picking up a 3rd down would have helped

On 3rd down the Huskies struggled only converting 2 of their 13 3rd downs.

Curtis McNeal

Running back Curtis McNeal is pretty good! - USC won 40-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Not converting on 11 3rd downs killed many of the Huskies’ drives, and on the other side of the ball the Trojans converted on 7 of 15 of their 3rd down conversions.

4. Early 2nd half momentum killer

The Huskies came out of the locker room to take the field in the 3rd quarter already down 23-3 and on the kickoff USC’s Marqise Lee took the kick 88 yards to the house to give the Trojans a 30-3 lead.

Even with almost 30 minutes left the TD kickoff return seemed to take the wind out of the sails for the Huskies.

5. Penalties and time of possession

The Huskies played a sloppy game being penalized 12 times for 91 yards and since they could not stop the run or convert on 3rd downs the Trojans dominated the time of possession 34:19 to 25:45.

Next Up: There is a great chance the Huskies will snap their 2-game slide, as next week they face a 2-8 Oregon State squad. It is on the road and I’m hearing Keith Price could be on the shelf for this game, so we may see Nick Montana. (I’m intrigued by this I might add), plus the game is on the road, so it will not be a cakewalk.

The Huskies are 1-3 in away games this season.        

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