USC 26, Wash­ing­ton 13

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

SEAT­TLE >> Sam Darnold threw for 287 yards and two touch­downs and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia up­set Wash­ing­ton, snap­ping the Huskies’ 12-game win­ning streak and dam­ag­ing their Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off hopes.

Darnold was out­stand­ing against one of the top de­fenses in the Pac12, show­ing why USC has surged since he be­came the starter. Darnold’s lofted pass over line­backer D.J. Beavers and into the arms of tight end Daniel Ima­torb­hebhe for an 8-yard touch­down strike in the open­ing mo­ments of the fourth quar­ter gave USC an 11-point lead that Wash­ing­ton (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 4 CFP) couldn’t over­come.

Ron­ald Jones II added 93 yards rush­ing and a touch­down. USC (7-3, 6-2, No. 20 CFP) won its sixth straight. The Tro­jans also kept alive their slim hopes of win­ning the Pac-12 South.

Dar­reus Rogers had six catches for 84 yards and a touch­down, while Ima­torb­hebhe added five catches for 78 yards. Wash­ing­ton lost start­ing mid­dle line­backer Azeem Vic­tor in the sec­ond quar­ter to a lower right leg in­jury that re­quired an air cast and a cart to take the Huskies’ lead­ing tack­ler off the field. But his ab­sence was felt more in the pass game where USC ex­ploited the mid­dle of the field.

Wash­ing­ton quar­ter­back Jake Brown­ing was 17 of 36 for 259 yards, in­clud­ing a 70-yard scor­ing pass to John Ross. Ross fin­ished with eight catches for 154 yards.

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