Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2009 by Travis Cody in

GO HUSKIES!!!!! Washington pulled off the improbable upset over #3 USC, with Junior QB Jake Locker leading a 63 yard drive on 10 plays in just over 4 minutes to set up the winning field goal from sophomore kicker Erik Folk in the final seconds.


I admit that UW got a huge benefit from the absence of USC freshman QB Matt Barkley, who didn't play due to a sore shoulder. And the Trojans may have had a bit of a hang over after the come back win last week against Ohio State. It's easy to overlook a team like Washington. I'm sure the USC players know that Washington didn't win a game last year, and had lost 15 straight until last week's win over Idaho.

But the Huskies still had to play the game, and despite giving up 250 yards rushing to USC, UW just kept hanging around and hanging around. The Huskies did not turn the ball over while forcing the Trojans into 2 fumbles and an interception. Locker threw for 237 yards on 21 of 35 and ran for the Huskies' only TD. Freshman RB Chris Polk ran for 71 yards on 25 carries. Folk was 3 for 3 on field goals, with a long of 46 yards.

Now Washington has won two in a row. I don't want to say that USC is out of the BCS championship picture, but this is a major blow to the Trojans' chances to play in the championship game.

Washington is at Stanford next week, while USC hosts Washinton State.

Notre Dame bounced back with a big win against Michigan State in South Bend. I say it's a big win because the Spartans hadn't lost at ND since 1993.

Junior QB Jimmy Clausen threw for 300 yards on 22 of 31 with 2 TDs, including the eventual game winner to junior WR Golden Tate with just over 5 minutes to play. Tate caught 7 passes for 127 yards. Junior RB Armando Allen ran for 115 yards and a TD on 23 carries. It's great to see Allen playing after the inury late in the game last week against Michigan. Regrettably, Sophomore WR Michael Floyd, who also missed the end of last week's game with a leg injury, went down this week with what could be a broken collarbone.

But the biggest plays came in the closing minutes, when MSU missed a catch in the end zone and then senior S Kyle McCarthy intercepted a pass to preserve the win.

Notre Dame is at Purdue next week.

Did I happen to mention that I love my DVR? I had a bunch of things to do today, and so did Pam. We went our separate ways at 07:30 and didn't return home until nearly 17:00. We watched Texas Tech vs Texas, and then we snuggled up and watched Notre Dame beat MSU and Washington pull off the major upset over USC.


Here's a look at the results for the AP Top 25:

1 Florida beat Tennessee 23-13. Florida rushed for a combined 208 yards and 2 TDs on 44 carries.
2 Texas beat Texas Tech 34-24. Jordan Shipley returned a punt for a TD. For TT, Taylor Potts threw for 420 yards on 46 of 63 with 3 TDs.
3 USC lost 16-13 to Washington.
4 Alabama beat North Texas 53-7. Alabama rushed for a combined 260 yards and 5 TDs on 45 carries.
5 Mississippi beat SE Louisiana 52-6. Jevan Snead threw for 209 yards on 16 of 28 with 3 TDs.
5 Penn State beat Temple 31-6
7 BYU lost 54-28 to Florida State. FSU rushed for a combined 313 yards and 4 TDs on 49 carries.
8 California beat Minnesota 35-21. Jahvid Best rushed for 131 yards and 5 TDs on 26 carries.
9 LSU beat LA-Lafayette 31-7. Chad Jones intercepted 2 passes.
10 Boise State beat Fresno State 51-34. Jeremy avery rushed for 186 yards on 11 carries and DJ Harper ran for 107 yards on 12 carries. Kellen Moore threw for 181 yards on 18 of 26 with 3 TDs. For FSU, Ryan Mathews rushed for 234 yards on 19 carries with 3 TDs.
11 Ohio State beat Toledo 38-0. Terrelle Pryor threw for 262 yards on 17 of 28 with 3 TDs and rushed for 110 yards and a TD on 12 carries.
12 Oklahoma beat Tulsa 45-0. Landry Jones threw for 336 yards on 25 of 37 with 6 TDs.
13 Virginia Tech beat #19 Nebraska 16-15. Ryan Williams rushed for 107 yards and a TD on 21 carries.
14 Georgia Tech lost 33-17 to #20 Miami
15 TCU beat Texas State 56-21. Joseph Turner rushed for 129 yards and 3 TDs on 13 carries.
16 Oklahoma State beat Rice 41-24. Dez Bryant caught 9 passes for 161 yards and 2 TDs.
17 Cincinnati beat Oregon State 28-18. Tony Pike threw for 332 yards on 31 of 49 with 2 TDs. He also ran for a TD.
18 Utah lost 31-24 to Oregon. LaMichael James rushed for 152 yards on 27 carries and a TD.
19 Nebraska lost 16-15 to #13 Virginia Tech
20 Miami (Fl) beat #14 Georgia Tech 33-17. Jacory Harris threw for 270 yards on 20 of 25 with 3 TDs.
21 Houston was idle
22 Kansas beat Duke 44-16. Todd Reesing threw for 338 yards on 28 of 41 with 3 TDs.
23 Georgia beat Arkansas 52-41. Joe Cox threw for 375 yards and 5 TDs on 18 of 26. For Arkansas, Ryan Mallett threw for 408 yards and 5 TDs on 21 of 39.
24 North Carolina beat East Carolina 31-17. TJ Yates threw for 227 yards on 19 of 24 with 2 TDs.
25 Michigan beat E Michigan 45-17. Carlos Brown rushed for 187 yards on 13 carries with 2 TDs.


  1. That was amazing that Washington beat USC but I'm happy for them. I wish I'd seen the game but I did see a lot of the highlights. I was heartbroken over Arkansas losing to Georgia. We've got to get a defense.

  1. Anndi says:

    *hums Notre Dame Fight song*

  1. Jamie says:

    Still not ready for football. Doesn't count until after the World Series.

  1. I love The Huskies.

    well...this week.
    NEXT week?

    I will love The Cougars

    (I know you only do the AP top 25...but I did want to mention UCLA's 23-9 win over Kansas State....)

    going to go do an eight clap now.

  1. Travis says:

    Charles: The offense from those two QBs in that Arkansas-Georgia game was off the charts.

    Ann: Hehehehee!

    Jamie: Well it counts, but I do understand the pulled focus. Especially if our boys play deep into October.

    Katherine: I do like to keep tabs on the Pac 10, and on the teams my pals like. I just didn't have time yesterday.

  1. Yes, it was a MUCH better weekend in college football this week. Way to go Huskies!!

  1. Kanani says:

    I'm such a non-football person. It's really pathetic. Last year we booked a last minute cruise, and it turned out to be the African American Superbowl Cruise. I didn't even know who was playing. I mean, really.... we were just clueless.

  1. jennifer says:

    The Washington/USC game was a great game. I think my Tide is going to go up in the rankings!

  1. Debra says:

    So...I see you love football almost as much as I do lol!

    Had to work this week end and didn't get to see any of the games. Congrats on the Washington win against USC!

    Hey! Have you checked out those Saints? Will this be THE year those Saints will finally go marching in?

    Hope springs eternal.

  1. Travis says:

    Songbird: Way better.

    Kanani: It's ok.

    Jennifer: Alabama should easily move up.

    Debra: Football is life! The Saints seem to be a solid pick to get to the Super Bowl.