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Washington Knocks Off USC 32-31

Washington and QB Jake Locker bounced back from a terrible performance against Nebraska two weeks ago to beat #18 USC on the road in Los Angeles 32-31. It was Washington's first road win in over three years and their first win in the Coliseum since 1996.

Locker was knocked out of the game for a couple of plays in the fourth quarter when he was hit in the head by a knee at the SC goal line. RS QB Keith Price came into the game for a couple of plays and threw a one yard TD pass to Chris Izbicki which gave the Huskies a 29-28 lead. a two point conversion failed. Locker returned the next series after SC regained the lead on a 27 yard field goal.

Washington trailed 31-29 late in the fourth quarter and USC was driving for a score to put the game out of reach. The Trojan drive stalled and USC kicker Joe Houston hit the upright on a 40 yard FG try giving Washington one last chance to win the game with 2:34 left.

Jake Locker drove Washington down the field to set up a field goal try with only four seconds remaining. Erik Folk connected on a game winning 32 yarder to give the Huskies their second consecutive last minute win over the Trojans.

The key play of the drive was when Jake converted a 4th and 11 from the Husky 24 with two minutes left in the game. Chris Polk ripped off a 26 yard run on the next play and Washington was knocking on the door for another upset win over the Trojans.

The Husky offense cranked out 537 yards against the Trojans. Jake Locker was magnificent tonight throwing for 310 yards and rushing for 111. He was 24-40 on the night with one TD. Chris Polk picked up 92 yards on 13 carries. Jermaine Kearse led UW receivers with six receptions for 92 yards but was plagued by a series of drops which could have cost Washington the victory.

Washington's defense was dominated throughout the game by a strong Trojan running game. USC picked up 298 yards on the ground and was led by Allen Bradford who picked up a career high 223 yards. Despite troubles handling the Trojan running game the defense made enough stops late enough in the game to keep the Huskies in it until the final drive.

The Huskies return home to play Arizona State next week in Husky Stadium. ASU lost to Oregon State 31-28 in Corvallis on Saturday.