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UW-USC Game Notes
Release: 09/29/2007
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Sept. 29, 2007

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The Washington game captains for today were center Juan Garcia, linebacker Dan Howell, defensive tackle Jordan Reffett and wide receiver Anthony Russo.

UW safety Jason Wells' interception in the first quarter was the first pick of his career. The junior JC transfer is in his second year at Washington.

Husky senior wide receiver Anthony Russo caught a pass in his 29th consecutive game.

USC finished the first quarter having committed seven penalties for 60 yards. The Trojans finished the game with 16 penalties for 161 yards, compared to nine for 64 for the Huskies. Still, the Huskies have yet to commit double-digit penalties in a game under Coach Tyrone Willinham (28 games).

Washington had a season-high five first downs by penalty.

The 161 yards in penalties that USC accumulated were the third-most in UW opponent history. Only California (194 penalty yards in the Bears' 1973 game vs. UW) and Washington State (169 in 1991) had more.

The fourth-quarter blocked punt was the Huskies' first blocked punt of the season. Their last one came in the final game of last season, when Chris Stevens blocked a Washington State field goal and scored.

Mesphin Forrester's 54-yard interception return late in the second quarter marked the first INT return for a TD by a Husky player since linebacker Dan Howell returned one 33 yards last season (Sept. 23, 2006) vs. UCLA. It was Forrester's third career pick and his first returned for a score.

The Huskies, who were behind 17-14 at halftime, hadn't trailed at the halfway point for six straight games, dating back to last season's Oregon game.

Husky placekicker Ryan Perkins' 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was his longest of the season, and thereby, career.

The Huskies wore "throwback" jerseys for today's game to commemorate the 1960 team that defeated No. 1 Minnesota in the 1961 Rose Bowl and was voted the national champion by the Helms Foundation. Aside from the navy blue jerseys (the UW didn't actually wear purple until 1972), the team also wore slightly different pants and helmets with no "W" insignia and no stripes. Lastly, the UW's usual purple facemasks were replaced for this game with grey facemasks.

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