In an effort to preserve his starts, Kiffin opted to slow his offense down in the third quarter as they still command a 24-7 lead.
RB Silas Redd went to the locker room early in the third for unspecified reasons, and CB Torin Harris also appears to be out for the rest of the game, with S Josh Shaw filling in for him. Shaw has played the roll well so far, and will likely finish out the competition at that position.
The only real excitement came when USC was deep in Husky territory and Barkley was targeting TE Grimble for a pass. Grimble tipped it, and in another incredible display of athleticism, WR Lee dove for it and caught the deflected pass in the endzone. Before the Trojans could get too excited, the refs called it back due to a holding penalty on OL Aundrey Walker. USC did attempt a field goal at the end of the drive, but Heidari’s kicked was blocked, his third miss in the past two games.
On the U Dub front, they are slowly swinging the momentum back in their favor. The blocked punt gave the Huskies the confidence to get back in it. In four plays, Washington went 76 yards and took only 1:37 off the clock. Price hit WR Austin Seferian-Jenkins–who Price suspiciously has not been targeting much this season–for the 29-yard TD.
The Huskies forced USC off the field on their following drive, and the Huskies crowd came alive for the first time. The Huskies charged down the field but USC’s D-line came up big when it needed to, disrupting plays and sacking Price for the fourth time on the night. S T.J. McDonald prevented a crucial third-down conversion, and the Huskes missed it on the following field goal attempt.
USC has not played at all like the team from the first half, and if they don’t maintain their composure, it’s gonna be a long flight back to Southern California.