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No. 18 USC 21, UW 20, Halftime

What will surely be remembered about this quarter's action – and perhaps the play that turned the game around for USC, if it stays the course – is the Jake Locker rumble along the left sideline with 81/2 minutes to go.

Locker faked a handoff, took off up the gut and broke left. He was all alone. He appeared head for a long touchdown run to give the Huskies a 24-14 lead.

Up came USC cornerback Shareece Wright, who not only caught Locker from behind, but got close enough to put his right hand on his shoulder pads and knock the ball out with his left hand.

The ball flew out of bounds for a touchback, giving the Trojans the ball (Locker was credited with a 50-yard run).

And the went 80 yards the other way, running the ball at will, to take the lead, 21-17, on Marc Tyler's 6-yard scamper off a direct snap with 2:35 to go.

The UW did trim the deficit to 21-20 on Erik Folk's 42-yard field goal two minutes later.

The Huskies scored twice in the first 3:03 of the quarter – on Chris Polk's 1-yard run and Locker's 44-yard pass to Devin Aguilar that gave the UW a 17-7 lead.

The UW had 319 total yards; USC has 305, with 163 coming on the ground.