(Saturday, September 19th)
Final Score: Washington 16, (3) Southern California 13
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Erik Folk's 22-yard field goal with three seconds left helped the Washington Huskies upend the third-ranked Southern California Trojans, 16-13, in the Pac-10 opener for both teams at Husky Stadium.
Jake Locker went 21-for-35 for 237 yards and also ran in a score for the Huskies (2-1, 1-0 Pac-10), who snapped a seven-game losing streak to USC and won their second straight game following a season-opening loss to LSU. Chris Polk gained 71 yards on 25 touches while James Johnson notched 72 yards on seven grabs.
Aaron Corp, making his first start in place of an injured Matt Barkley, was a pedestrian 13-of-22 for 110 yards and an interception for USC (2-1, 0-1), which failed to beat one of its own as Washington first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian was on Pete Carroll's staff at USC for seven of the last eight seasons. Joe McKnight racked up 100 yards and a score on 11 touches. Damian Williams led all Trojan receivers with 40 yards on three catches.
"Well, you know, we turned the ball over too much and I contributed to that," said Corp. "When you turn the ball over and you don't get any, you're not going to win. Any time you have turnovers it kills your momentum."
USC had a couple of streaks snapped with the loss, as it saw its 12-game winning streak and its eight-game conference winning streak halted.
With the game tied at 10, the Huskies held the Trojans to a three-and-out before taking over at their own 39 with 14:21 left to play in the final frame. Washington moved the ball downfield thanks to a pair of 11-yard passes and a 12-yard strike by Locker.
However, the drive stalled at the USC 28-yard line before Folk nailed a 46- yard field goal to give the home team a 13-10 lead with 9:53 showing on the clock.
USC was held to a three-and-out on the following possession and Washington was stopped on the ensuing drive, before a 29-yard punt return from Williams started the Trojans at about midfield.
McKnight opened the trek with a 34-yard dash down to the Huskies 22 and Stafon Johnson added a 14-yard dash, before Jordan Congdon hit a 25-yard field goal to tie it up with just over four minutes left.
Locker's 21-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse on 3rd-and-15 highlighted the Huskies next drive. Locker then hit Kearse again later on the trek to move the ball to the UW 16 and on the play Averell Spicer was called for roughing the passer to move the ball to the eight-yard line with 33 ticks left. The Huskies failed to penetrate the goalline but Folk hit a 22-yard field goal to give Washington a 16-13 lead with three seconds left.
"I think the difference in this game was Jake," said Carroll. "I thought he was able to come up and make the plays when they really needed it in the last drive. The great scramble pass on the third down and long that he hit."
The Trojans were unable to pull off any last-second magic on the kickoff, as the Huskies pulled off the improbable victory.
"I think he (Locker) just needs to keep playing the way he's been playing," said Sarkisian. "He's played marvelously for us these first three games...He's a tremendous leader, he's a great quarterback and I was proud of him. He just executed in that final drive."
The Trojans took the lead on the first possession of the game. Stanley Havili's 38-yard run highlighted the six-play, 80-yard drive, and McKnight's seven-yard scoring dash capped it for a 7-0 USC lead about 2 1/2 minutes into the game.
After stopping Washington on the ensuing drive, USC added a 42-yard field goal from Congdon to make it 10-0.
Locker then rushed in a keeper from four yards out to close out a 68-yard drive that closed it to 10-7 just before the conclusion of the first quarter.
Midway through the second stanza, the Huskies started at their own 46 and drove down to the red zone. However, the drive stalled at USC's nine and the home team settled for a game-tying field goal.
Neither team could generate any offense in the third, and USC started at its own 14 with seconds left in the quarter. The team was held to a three-and-out and Washington got the ball back early in the fourth.
Congdon's 42-yard field goal in the first quarter was a career long...USC was 0-for-10 on third-down conversions, while UW was 7-for-15...USC was held to its lowest point total since a 13-9 loss to UCLA on December 2, 2006...The Trojans, who are seeking an eighth straight Pac-10 title, still hold a 49-27-4 advantage in the all-time series. Last year, the Trojans embarrassed the Huskies in Los Angeles, 56-0.
09/19 21:01:56 ET