Here's my game story.
That was a bad game, and none of the Huskies were saying otherwise.
However, while coach Tyrone Willingham indicated that part of the problem might have been disruption from the announcement that he'll leave at the end of the season, the players said that wasn't a distraction but rather an incentive to play well for their coach.
However, none could quite square that with the 56-0 result.
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The players all also supported Willingham's decision to try for a touchdown in the fourth quarter rather than take a short field goal to get that zero off the board. Willingham said the team wanted to go for the TD, and the team agreed and said they apprecaited his confident in them.
Player of the game
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 15 of 19 passes for 167 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. And he accomplished all that in little more than a half, as he called it a night after USC's first possession of the third quarter. Sanchez has now thrown for at least one touchdown in all 11 of his career starts.
Husky of the game
Senior linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo recorded a game-high 12 tackles, including seven solo tackles.
USC scored touchdowns on its first six possessions. Meanwhile, it took the Huskies six possessions to manage their first first down.
Midway through the third quarter, senior defensive tackle Johnie Kirton got a tackle after catching USC tailback C.J. Gable from behind 50 yards down field.
"I'm not surprised, because I know that Johnie can run," defensive coordinator Ed Donatell said. "That's why we've got him over there. His thing is to see how good a defensive lineman he can be by the end of the year."
Alone at the bottom
Washington's loss, coupled with North Texas' win over Western Kentucky, leaves the Huskies as the only remaining winless team of the 119 that make up the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. UW also is in sole possession of the nation's longest current losing streak: 10 games.
Injuries pushed safety Tripper Johnson and cornerback Matt Moseley into the starting lineup. Defensive tackle Cameron Elisara left the game with a shoulder injury. Donatell said he doesn't believe it is serious. Mesphin Forrester missed the game with a knee injury. Receiver Cody Bruns went to the sideline after suffering a hard hit to the head.
Combined with Washington State's 58-0 loss at Stanford, the Washington schools were outscored 114-0 on Saturday. … USC is now 24-0 all-time in the month of November under coach Pete Carroll. … This was USC's third shutout of the season. However, the Huskies were shut out for the first time since a 38-0 loss at USC in 2001. This also was the Huskies worst loss since a 65-7 drubbing at Miami in 2001, and their worst shutout loss since a 58-0 beating at Oregon in 1973. … UW captains are Juan Garcia, Mike Gottlieb, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Donald Butler. … There were light showers early in the game. Temperature was 73 degrees at kickoff.
4 p.m. Saturday, Arizona State at Husky Stadium.