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With the USC Trojans trying to stay relevant on a national stage with a major win over the Utah Utes last week, they traveled to Husky stadium only to be shut down time after time by the Washington Husky defense. With 3 forced turnovers in the red zone the Huskies took the 28-14 victory for their 3rd straight against USC.
Third string QB Matt Fink, hot off the heels of a victory, was held to 19-32 passing for just a mere 163 yards and 3 interceptions. The first was an errant pass from Fink to the end zone from 10 yards out. Elijah Molden read the play perfectly, jumped and swiped the erstwhile TD and turned it into a change of possession. Just a play later, Husky RB Savon Ahmed sped off to 89 yards serving as the back breaking play of the game.
“It was just a high ball and I jumped up and got it. It could have been anyone,” Molden said.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 28, 2019
The Husky defense showed the USC offense looks that they had not seen all year. UW double-teamed USC receivers Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman Jr. in bracket coverage, something the USC Grahm Harrell offense had difficulty trying to figure out.
“Those are some of the best receivers in the Pac-12. I’ve been competing against those guys for a long time, but we came in understanding they were going to test us,” UW DB Myles Bryant said. “They ended up getting one on us but I think guys played big and we ended up getting turnovers and helping our offense out.”
— Washington Football (@UW_Football) September 28, 2019
UW took an early 14-0 lead with a touchdown showing off a continued early game dominance. Washington has outscored opponents 77-3 in the first quarter this season. From there, UW got conservative and ran the ball 34 times to just 26 pass attempts. With Ahmed running for 153 yards he topped his previous career high earlier this year when he rushed for 119 yards against California. The Huskies rushed for 193 yards as a team.