Post Game Notes
Oct. 23, 2004
USC improves to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-10. Washington falls to 1-6 and 0-4.
USC is off to its first 7-0 start since 1988.
The loss assures Washington of its first losing record since 1976, the second year of the Don James era, when the Huskies went 5-6.
Washington's current NCAA-best streak of consecutive games without being shutout ends at 271. The last time Washington was shut out was on Nov. 7, 1981, when UCLA beat the Huskies, 31-0, in this same Coliseum.
Today's attendance was 72,855.
USC has now won 16 games in a row overall, 19 in a row at home and 11-straight in the Pac-10.
In the 16 game overall streak, USC has won by a combined 382 points, an average victory margin of 24 points.
The Trojans have won 27 of their past 28 games, 28 of their last 30, 30 of their last 33 and 34 of their last 38.
It's USC first shutout win over Washington since 1965, when the Trojans won 34-0. It's the highest margin of victory for USC over a Husky team since a 41-0 shutout win in 1954.
USC now leads the series with Washington 45-26-4. The Trojans have won the last three games in the series by an average score of 41-15.
USC Offense Notes
USC has now scored at least 20 points in its last 33 games-extending a school record.
The Trojans have scored at least 30 points in 24 of its last 28 games.
The Trojans are outscoring teams by an average score of 36-11 this season.
USC's 90 plays was its most since also getting 90 against Cal in 2002.
USC has outscored teams 148-24 at home this season, an average score of 39-6.
USC's 48 pass attempts was its most since attempting 50 passes against Washington St. in 2002.
Some Firsts: Senior wide receiver Jason Mitchell caught his first-career TD pass, redshirt freshman tailback Desmond Reed rushed for his first career touchdown and junior WR John Walker and redshirt freshman FB Jody Adewale each caught the first passes of their careers. Walk-on tailback John Griffin also had his first two career carries and freshman linebacker Keith Rivers had his first-career interception.
USC Defense Notes
USC now has two shutouts through seven games this year and four in the past 20 games.
The Trojan defense has held opponents scoreless in 18 of 28 quarters this season.
USC's defense has allowed just 75 points all season-an average of 10.7 points per game. That's on pace to be the lowest scoring average allowed by a USC defense since the 1967 national championship squad allowed just 7.9 points per game.
The Trojans now have six shutouts in 45 games in the Pete Carroll era. Four of those shutouts have come against Pac-10 foes.
USC still has not allowed a touchdown in the fourth quarter this season.
Since allowing a 69-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against BYU, the Trojan defense has not allowed a pass completion of longer than 26 yards. That's a span of 17 quarters, or 4 1/4 games.
The Trojans have not allowed a point in the last six quarters and just seven points total in the last eight quarters.
USC gave up just six first downs to the Huskies, which is the fewest by a USC opponent since Notre Dame had four in 2002.
USC gave up an opponent season-low of 113 yards of total offense to the Huskies.
The 63 yards passing was the fewest by a USC opponent since Colorado had 24 in 2002.
Heisman Trophy Candidate Matt Leinart Notes
On the season, Matt Leinart now has 1,628 yards on .632% passing with 16 TDs and just 4 interceptions.
He has more touchdowns and fewer interceptions-and has quarterbacked more wins--than Carson Palmer did after seven games of his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2002.
Leinart has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 20 games he has started at USC. He has thrown at least two touchdown passes in 18 of those 20 games.
In all, Leinart has 54 touchdown passes in those 20 games as the USC quarterback. He has accounted for 57 touchdowns running and passing. USC is 19-1 with him as the starter.
During USC's current 16-game win streak, Leinart has thrown 46 TD passes and just 7 interceptions.
Leinart's 43 attempts was a career high.
Trojan 'Thunder & Lightning' Tailback Notes
Bush's six catches was a career high.
In his 20-game USC career, Bush now has scored 17 touchdowns (6 rushing, 10 receiving, 1 on kickoffs).
Bush, who came into the game second in the nation in all-purpose yardage at 184 yards per game, finished with 126 all-purpose yards in a little over three quarters of work. He now is averaging 175.7 yards per game.
With two rushing TDs today, sophomore tailback LenDale White now has 9 touchdowns on the season (7 rushing, 2 on receptions). That's tied with Bush for the team lead.
In his 20-game USC career, White has 20 rushing touchdowns and 3 receiving touchdowns (23 TDs in all).
White had 41 yards after initial contact by a defender.
Either White or Bush has scored a touchdown in each of USC's last 18 games. USC is now 9-0 when both tailbacks scored a touchdown.
Between the two of them, Bush and White have scored 40 touchdowns in USC last 20 games-USC's opponents have scored 39 touchdowns during that stretch.
Both White and Bush each have scored as many touchdowns (9) as USC's opponents have scored on the Trojans this season.
USC All-American Defensive Tackle Notes
Lombardi semifinalist and All-American candidate Shaun Cody had four tackles and one-half tackles for loss and now has 24 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, a team-high 6 sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal on the year.
Fellow All-American candidate Mike Patterson had 2 tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup. On the year, he has 24 tackles, a team-high 9 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 pass break ups, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles.
USC's starting front four accumulated 5 tackles for loss and one sack. USC's starting defensive front four now has 27 tackles for loss and 17 sacks on the season.
Today was Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback's first start. It marks the first time since the 1972 season the UW has started three different quarterbacks in a season.
Washington defensive tackle Manase Hopoi tied a Husky single-game record with six tackles for loss. Inside linebacker Jerry Jensen had six in a game in a 1997 game vs. ASU in 1997. Hopoi had three sacks in a game for the second time in his career. He also had three vs. San Jose St. in 2002. His six tackles for loss is a high for a Pac-10 player this year. He entered the game leading the Pac-10 with 13 tackles for loss.