USC, ranked No. 3, is the highest ranked team that the Huskies have beaten at home since a 13-3 win over No. 3 USC on Nov. 14, 1981. The UW was also unranked in that game.
Washington's win over third-ranked USC marked the Huskies' first win over a ranked opponent since they beat No. 22 Boise State, Sept. 8, 2007. It was the UW's first win over a top-10 team since a 27-19 win over No. 8 Washington State on Nov. 22, 2003. Finally, it's the highest-ranked team that Washington has beaten since a 29-26, three-overtime victory over No. 3 Washington State in the 20002 Apple Cup (Nov. 23, 2002). The Huskies were unranked in all three of those games.
USC was 0-for-10 on third-down conversion attempts. Washington was 7-for-15.
Washington's season captains (LB Donald Butler, QB Jake Locker, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and C Ryan Tolar) were joined for the coin flip by game captains Josh Gage (senior LB) and Marlion Barnett (freshman TE).
True freshman Talia Crichton started at one defensive end spot for the Huskies, his first career start. Crichton is the second true freshman to start a game for the UW this season, joining wide receiver James Johnson, who has started all three thusfar.
For the first time this season, Washington did not score on its opening drive (the Huskies punted). But, the UW did score on its second drive, on Jake Locker's four-yard run.
For the third straight game, UW linebacker Mason Foster had a hand in a turnover. In the opener vs. LSU, he both forced and recovered a fumble (same play). Against Idaho, he had an interception. Today, he forced a Stafon Johnson fumble in the second quarter. Justin Glenn covered the fumble for the Huskies.
Today's halftime score was tied at 10-10. The last time that Washington either led or was tied with USC at halftime of a game was in the 1997 game, when UW led 17-0 at half en route to a 27-0 win.
Today's "Lucky Dawg," the child who accompanied the Husky captains for the coin toss, was Brandon Jackson, from Federal Way, Wash.
There were several between-quarter presentations today. After the first quarter, Husky softball star Danielle Lawrie was given her Honda Award as the NCAA's top softball player. At halftime, the entire UW softball team was honored for its 2009 NCAA Championship. And after the third quarter, the regular "Husky Legend" salute honored former UW tight end Mark Bruener.