That's right Pete, I'm just as confused as you are! You read it here on Friday that all the media hype surrounding the Washington-USC game was just that, hype, and the Huskies really had no chance to defeat the Trojans. Well, I stand corrected. I was wrong in that presumption, as the Washington Huskies shocked everybody (especially Husky fans) by knocking off #3 USC last Saturday 16-13 on a last second field goal by Erk Folk. Jake Locker led an impressive fourth quarter drive down the length of the field to set it up, and the place just went bananas once the kick sailed through the uprights. Let's keep in mind that Washington had just broken their massive 15 game losing streak the week before against a dreadful Idaho team, so this isn't exactly a Stanfurd or Oregon State upset. This was a full-blown, you were the worst team in the country last year and still have the same players, upset. They frustrated a young and inexperienced Aaron Corp into a 13-22, 110 yard and 1 INT performance while forcing at least 2 fumbles from the running attack. This week we've been immersed in the "what would have happened if Matt Barkley played" conversation, but it wasn't just Corp struggling. His defense allowed Locker to go the length of the field, and Joe McKnight and Stanley Havili both put the ball on the ground so there is plenty of blame to go around. A good chunk of the blame should go squarely on the shoulders of Pete Carroll, who despite all his coaching wizardry, loses one of these games every year.
But let's not make this whole story just about what USC didn't do, because a lot of it had to do with what Steve Sarkisian, Nick Holt, and the Huskies did. Jake Locker played a great game, the defense held a very talented USC offense in check, and they didn't make any game-killing mistakes. My hat is off to you Washington, you thoroughly embarrassed me on my first game prediction for my new blog. But hey, I guess the Huskies needed to be right more than I did, after all, I didn't lose 12 games last season :)