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Release: 10/23/2004
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Oct. 23, 2004

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AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California's sluggish start only delayed the inevitable - a one-sided victory over woeful Washington.

Matt Leinart passed for 217 yards and two touchdowns, LenDale White ran for two scores and the top-ranked Trojans handed Washington its first shutout since 1981 in a 38-0 victory Saturday.

USC (7-0, 4-0 Pac-10) blew the game open by scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter for a 31-0 lead. Off to their best start since 1988 when they won their first 10 games, the Trojans have won 16 straight, 19 in a row at home and 27 of 28 overall.

The outcome ensured Washington's first losing season in 28 years. The Huskies (1-6, 0-4) are off to their worst start since 1973, when they lost seven of eight to begin the season.

The Huskies had only six first downs and 113 total yards while being shut out for the first time since Nov. 7, 1981 when they lost to UCLA 31-0. They had scored in 271 straight games - the longest active streak among Division I-A schools.

Nevada has scored in 287 straight games, but its streak includes 142 as a Division I-AA school.

The shutout was USC's fourth in its last 20 games and the Trojans' sixth since Pete Carroll became their coach in 2001.

Leinart, who completed 24-of-43 passes with one interception, has thrown at least two TD passes in 18 of his 20 games at USC. He threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Bush in the second quarter and a 29-yarder to Jason Mitchell in the third period.

White gained 93 yards on 17 carries and scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards in the third quarter.

USC had 28 first downs and 453 total yards.

Isaiah Stanback, struggled in his first start at Washington, completing 3-of-17 passes for 27 yards. He was relieved by Casey Paus late in the third quarter.

Ryan Killeen's 29-yard field goal early in the second period put USC ahead for good. The score came three plays after Lofa Tatupu scooped up Stanback's errant pitchout and returned it 12 yards to the Washington 6-yard line.

The Trojans moved 83 yards on eight plays the next time they had the ball, scoring on the Leinart-to-Bush pass.

Kenny James fumbled on the first play of the second half following a hard tackle by Matt Grootegoed, and Frostee Rucker recovered at the Washington 18. White scored his first touchdown four plays later.

Mitchell, a senior, got his first career TD to cap a 52-yard, four-play drive, and White scored for the second time with 1:38 left in the third period to finish a 62-yard march.

Freshman Desmond Reed ran 28 yards with 1:57 remaining to complete the scoring. Many in the crowd of 72,855 at the Coliseum were gone by that time.

Killeen's 49-yard field goal in the opening five minutes fell short. Washington's Michael Braunstein missed a 46-yarder later in the first period, three plays after C.J. Wallace's interception and 7-yard return gave the Huskies possession at the USC 33.

The Huskies had only 12 yards of total offense in the first period and didn't get a first down until James' 18-yard run with 11{ minutes left in the second quarter.

The Trojans reached the Huskies 41 late in the second period before failing to convert a fourth-and-10 play. Braunstein was wide right on a 47-yard field goal as the first half ended - three plays after Scott White recovered a fumble by LenDale White at the USC 36.

After playing three straight games at home, the Trojans travel to Washington State and Oregon State the next two weeks.

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