The forecast suggested that USC and UW would face each other in a game bathed in rain, but the football gods had other plans when the Trojans kicked off to the Huskies. Under clear skies, USC forced a quick three-and-out and followed it up with a scoring drive of their own. On their very first drive, Matt Barkley handed the ball of to RB Silas Redd who made lemonades out of lemons when the hole he was supposed to run through collapsed, so instead he ran around the outside for a huge 57-yard gain. The Huskies’ defense did manage to to keep SC out of the endzone, but kicker Andre Heidari nailed the 28-yard field goal for the early lead.
On Washington’s following drive, OLB Dion Bailey made an incredibly athletic interception, reaching back behind himself to pick off Washington QB Keith Price. That pick set USC up to score in three plays, going 34 yards for the score. Redd bowled over a number of Husky defenders for the 11-yard touchdown, and Heidari tacked on the extra point.
On USC’s third drive, Barkley heaved the ball to freshman WR Nelson Agholor, but everyone in the stadium, those watching at home, and a UW safety read the pass and Barkley was picked off.
That was his 6th pick of the season. In 2011, he had seven on the entire year.
That turnover allowed Washington to get into the game some and steadily drive the ball. Eight plays and 58 yards later, Price hit Kasen Williams in the endzone from 17 yards out, to bring the score to 10-7.
The Trojans need to settle down now and play their game, and prevent the crowd noise and momentum swing from getting to them.
After one quarter, the Trojans have 132 yards total offense to UW’s 81.