Oct. 22, 2005
Marlon Wood's 92-yard kickoff return on the opening kick was the longest non-scoring kickoff return in Washington history. The previous long was a 90-yarder by Hugh Beckett vs. Whitman in 1925. The 92-yarder was the 11th longest in UW history overall. The record (100 yards) was set by Paul Arnold vs. Air Force in 1999. Wood's return was the longest by a Husky since a 95-yard scoring return by Roc Alexander vs. Idaho in 2001.
Dashon Goldson's 76-yard interception return for a TD was the 11th-longest interception return in Husky history and was the first UW interception return for a score since Marquis Cooper ran one back 38 yards near the end of the 2003 Apple Cup vs. Washington State (Nov. 22, 2003).
With their field goal on the game's first drive, the Huskies scored first for the sixth time in seven games this season. The only UW opponent to get on the scoreboard before the Huskies this season was Notre Dame.
Washington's 10 first-quarter points were the most the Huskies have scored in an opening quarter this year. Their previous high was seven. Washington had scored a total of 20 first-quarter points all season prior to today.
Reggie Bush's punt return for a touchdown was the first punt return for a score by a UW opponent since Nov. 4, 2000, when Arizona's Bobby Wade scored on a 60-yard return.
Washington had two 80-yard scoring drives in the first half. One was a 12-play drive that took 6:05 and ended in an eight-yard pass from Isaiah Stanback to Craig Chambers. The second was a 13-play series that took 6:21 and finished up on a one-yard QB sneak from Stanback.
USC's first five touchdowns, all in the first half, were scored over the course of 12 plays. The first of those five, an 8-yard pass from Matt Leinart to Steve Smith, was the last of a 12-play drive.
In the first half, USC had four of its six drives begin in UW territory, thanks to a long kickoff return from Darnell Bing, two UW fumbles and a blocked punt. USC's six first-half drives began at the USC 15, the UW 24, the UW 30, the USC 20, the UW 20 and the UW 30. On average, USC's first-half drives started at the UW 45-yard line.
Despite the 37-17 halftime score, the stats were very close at halftime. After 30 minutes, the Huskies had 10 first downs to the Trojans' nine while USC had out-gained the Huskies in terms of total yardage by only three yards, 185 to 182.
UW tight end Robert Lewis set new career highs with four receptions for 50 yards. His previous highs were three catches for 23 yards, both against California earlier this season.
USC scored only seven points in the third quarter, matching their lowest third-quarter output of the season. Against Notre Dame, they also scored seven. Prior to their game last week in South Bend, the Trojans had scored 14 in the third quarter on three occassions, 21 once and 28 once. All totaled, USC had scored 98 points it the third quarter over the first six games of the season.
On the same note, USC was held to its lowest second-half output this year, with 14 points over the final 30 minutes. The Trojans' previous low was 20 points, last week vs. Notre Dame. Over six games prior to this week, USC had posted 188 second-half points.
Husky corner Durrell Moss made his first career start, had his first career sack, and led the team with 10 tackles.
With USC's win:
USC extends its overall win streak to 29, longest in the country and a school and Pac-10 record. USC has also now won 19 Pac-10 games in a row, tying a school record (1987-89). The Pac-10 record is 22, held by Cal (1919-23). USC has also won 10 Pac-10 road games in a row, one short of the team record of 11 (1971-74), and 14 road game in a row overall, also a school record.
USC has won 40 of its last 41, 41 of its last 43, 43 of 46 and 47 of 51.
USC improves to 56-4-2 in games when ranked No. 1 by AP.
USC improves to 46-26-4 vs. Washington.
Pete Carroll improves to 49-9 as USC coach.
Reggie Bush Notes
Reggie Bush finished with 189 all-purpose yards, just off his national-leading 206.2 per game average.
Bush now has least one rushing TD in 6 of 7 games this season. He has also scored at least two TDs in all but one game this year. He has 36 career TDs in 33 games. USC's career record for TDs is held by Charles White (53).
Bush's 84-yard second-quarter punt return for a score was the third of his career and the longest of his career.
Either LenDale White or Reggie Bush has now scored a TD in 31 straight USC games.
Matt Leinart Notes
With his four TD passes, Matt Leinart broke the Pac-10 career TD pass record. He now has 87. ASU's Andrew Walter (2001-04) previously held the record at 85.
Leinart has now thrown at least one TD pass in 29 of 32 starts, at least two TD passes in 28 of 32 starts, three TDs 17 times and four TDs nine times. His four TD passes are the most since earlier this year against Arkansas.
Leinart's 20-of-26 performance (76.9%) marked his highest completion percentage of the season.
USC improves to 32-1 when Matt Leinart starts.
Dwayne Jarrett's three TD receptions tie the school record (shared by many), the second time he's had that many in a game this year and the third time of his career. He has 12 TDs this season and 25 for his career. He has 25 TD receptions in 20 games and has caught at least one TD pass in 13 of 20 games. His 25 career TD catches are within striking distance of Mike Williams' USC career record (30) and with almost half a season remaining, his 12 grabs are also within striking distance of Williams' season record (16).
Steve Smith first-quarter TD reception was his second of the season and first since the season-opener at Hawaii. It was his 10th career TD reception.
Darnell Bing's 68-yard first-quarter kickoff return was his first of his career and USC's longest in 2005.
USC's 37 first-half points were its most this season.
USC has now scored at least 20 points in its last 46 games, continuing a school record, and in 48 of its past 49 games. USC has also scored at least 30 points in 35 of its last 41. USC has scored at least 40 points 27 times under Pete Carroll.