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Husky Trails: Washington's David Slays the Trojan Goliath

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 19:  Place kicker Erik Folk #17 of the Washington Huskies kicks a 26 yard field goal in the fourth quarter to make the score 16-13 in favor of the USC Trojans on September 19, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. Folk later kicked the winning field goal to defeat the Trojans 16-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Ian PetersonCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2009

Who would have thought coming off a winless 2008 season, and only just breaking their record winless streak last week, the Washington Huskies were capable of pulling off the upset of the No. 3 USC Trojans.

No less, the Trojans looked like they could be on their way to something great following their win over Ohio State. They just needed to avoid the big win hangover, unlike last year.

To be honest, many people put the Trojans on upset alert. I did not think it was going to happen at all.

There was a lot made of coaches Steve Sarkisian and Nick Holt and their connections to the Trojans, and how that may help the Huskies beat the Trojans.

In the end, it seems to have played itself out that way.

The Trojans dominated athletically all day long, especially in the trenches. The Trojan offensive and defensive lines dominated the line of scrimmage, looking both faster and stronger than the opposing Huskies.

The Trojans gashed huge holes in the Husky defensive line for tailback Joe McKnight to run through. McKnight finished the game with 100 yards on 11 carries.

At the same time, the speed of the Trojans' defensive line overwhelmed the Husky offensive line, forcing three sacks and stuffing the Washington running game.

Washington was only able to gain 56 yards on the ground.

That being said, the Huskies did some things absolutely right in the game. They won the turnover battle and Locker made all the plays in the passing game.

The Huskies forced two fumbles and an interception to prevent scoring drives by the Trojans.

The defense played with a lot of energy after initially going down hard against a tough Trojan rushing attack.

The player of the game without a doubt was linebacker Donald Butler, who finished with 12 tackles and an interception, while also forcing a fumble. He also solo stuffed Stafon Johnson on a 3rd-and-1 that really changed the game.

At the same time, while getting blitzed all night, Jake Locker looked very sharp all day long, throwing 21-of-35 for 237 yards.

He didn't throw any touchdowns, but he also didn't throw any interceptions, which is an accomplishment considering how much pressure he was under all day.

In any case, the thing that matters most for this Husky team is the score on the scoreboard after the game.

This is a great day for the downtrodden Husky program and a great start for the Steve Sarkisian era at Washington.

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