SEATTLE -- There were plenty of positives for Washington to hold onto heading into Saturday’s matchup with No. 11 USC. The Huskies had won 10 of 11 at home and two of the three matchups against the Trojans under coach Steve Sarkisian.
Even after falling behind early, there was still reason to remain optimistic Saturday, since the Huskies trailed 10-0 in 2009 before coming back to beat USC, 16-13.
If Washington wants a repeat performance, the Huskies have work to do. They head into the half trailing 24-7 at CenturyLink Field.
Stat of the half: USC holds a sizable advantage in total offense heading into the half, outgaining the Huskies by 146 yards. Washington finished the first two quarters with 87 yards and, outside of their one scoring drive, really struggled to move the ball.
Player of the half: USC running back Silas Redd ran for 116 yards on 14 carries, adding an 11-yard touchdown to stake the Trojans to an early 10-0 lead after a Dion Bailey interception started USC in Washington territory on the Huskies' first drive.
What’s working for USC: Pretty much everything at this point. The Trojans have rushed for 140 yards, Matt Barkley is 7 for 11 for 101 yards and a pretty touchdown pass to Xavier Grimble in the second quarter, the defense has held Washington to 87 yards, and Anthony Brown blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. It's hard to find much wrong with what has gone on from a USC perspective, especially in a hostile environment.
What’s not working for USC: Barkley did throw an interception to Marcus Peters that eventually turned into Washington's only points of the half, as Keith Price hit Kasen Williams on a touchdown pass to bring the Huskies within 10-7. But besides that, it's been a good first half for the Cardinal and Gold.