Halftime analysis: USC 23, Washington 3

Turning point

Kyle Negrete's fake punt. The Trojans were up 7-3 and were stopped on third down near midfield in the middle of the second quarter. Negrete took off up the middle on a fake punt and wasn’t touched until he had rambled 35 yards and was tackled at the UW 21-yard line. The Trojans punched in a short TD run to finish off the drive and take a 14-3 lead.

Key Stat

Washington has eight penalties for 61 yards in the first half. The Huskies only have 91 yards of total offense, so the last thing they need to do is give that much yardage back in penalties.

Balanced Offense

USC has 237 yards of offense in the first half, 123 running the ball and 114 throwing the ball. That is terrific balance. That total is made all the more impressive when you consider that Robert Woods – normally among the USC stat leaders -- only has one reception for five yards and one rush for four yards.

What USC needs to do

Continue attacking the Washington defense. So far the Huskies haven’t shown the ability to consistently slow down the Trojans attack.

What Washington needs to do

Keep pressure off Keith Price. Their quarterback has been a bright spot of the Husky offense so far (10 of 14 passing for 72 yards) but he has been sacked four times in the first half.