Locker, Huskies find redemption at USC

October, 3, 2010
10/03/10
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Déjà vu anyone?

Last year against USC, Jake Locker became a national figure -- and touted NFL prospect -- after he led Washington to a upset of then-No. 3 USC with a clutch final drive.

This year, Locker regained his national stature -- and probably restored the confidence of NFL general managers -- by doing the same thing. Only this time, the Trojans aren't nearly as celebrated, so it's not nearly so shocking.

Locker and Washington came back from a bye week after a terrible performance versus Nebraska to beat No. 18 USC, 32-31, after Erik Folk kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired. Last year, Folk connected from 22 yards for a 16-13 win after Locker orchestrated a stunning drive against the Trojans' defense. This time, the drive covered 61 yards and featured an 18-yard pass on fourth-and-11.

It was Washington's first road win since 2007 and it snapped a 13-game losing streak in the Coliseum that stretched back to 1996.

Locker passed for 310 yards and rushed 110 on 12 carries.

The Huskies won despite giving up 298 yards rushing, including 223 to Allen Bradford.

USC? Well, despite a 4-0 start, there were telling signs of a decline. That was confirmed by the Huskies. Coach Lane Kiffin hinted this week about a revenge motive for his team. The Trojans failed to follow through. That same scenario, by the way, applies to next weekend's visit to Stanford.

The Huskies return home to play Arizona State, a game that is critical to each for bowl hopes.

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