Holt has helped and haunted the Tro­jans

Los Angeles Times - - Sports - Gary Klein

Nick Holt, Washington’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, re­turns to the Coli­seum on Satur­day aim­ing for a re­peat of last sea­son’s up­set vic­tory over USC.

Holt served two stints at USC be­fore leav­ing af­ter the 2008 sea­son to join Steve

Sark­isian in Seat­tle. The pair com­bined to out­coach

Pete Car­roll and his staff dur­ing last sea­son’s 16-13 vic­tory at Husky Sta­dium.

Af­ter the game, USC of­fen­sive play­ers said the Huskies were call­ing out the Tro­jans’ plays be­fore the ball was snapped.

“I don’t re­ally re­mem­ber that,” Holt, chuck­ling, said dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view Wed­nes­day. “I re­mem­ber be­ing down 10-0 in the first quar­ter and not stop­ping them.

“We were screw­ing things up, and then we got it fixed and it be­came a game.”

Washington took ad­van­tage of three USC turnovers, ral­ly­ing for the most sig­nif­i­cant vic­tory in Sark­isian’s short ten­ure.

The Huskies won with a fourth-quar­ter drive and

Erik Folk’s third field goal of the game.

“Ev­ery win is a good win, but this is kind of sur­real right now,” Holt said as he was mobbed by fans af­ter the game. “But it was a hell of a foot­ball game. That’s how it’s go­ing to be in the se­ries from now on.”

Washington comes to Los An­ge­les af­ter an open date. The Huskies are try­ing to re­bound from an em­bar­rass­ing 56-21-loss to Ne­braska. Holt ex­pects USC Coach

Lane Kif­fin to mix in plays the Tro­jans have not yet shown.

Holt coached with Kif­fin at USC, mak­ing this matchup slightly dif­fer­ent from last sea­son’s with for­mer of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jeremy

Bates, who was part of the Tro­jans staff for only one sea­son.

“Jeremy was new, so we didn’t know what to ex­pect,” Holt said. “We’re a lit­tle more fa­mil­iar with Lane.”

Im­prov­ing line

The of­fen­sive line is seek­ing to build on the con­fi­dence it gained while mostly dom­i­nat­ing Washington State. The Tro­jans gave up no sacks and rushed for 285 yards.

Kif­fin said it was the best game of the sea­son for the of­fen­sive line: tack­les Matt

Kalil and Ty­ron Smith, guards Butch Lewis and Khaled Holmes and cen­ter Kristofer O’Dowd.

“We’ve picked it up a lot,” Smith said. “We just had a cou­ple things we needed to clean up and that’s what we’ve done.”

Quick hits De­fen­sive end Wes Hor­ton, who was kicked in the back against Washington State, was limited in prac­tice, Kif­fin said…. Cor­ner­back Sha­reece Wright said he has been nurs­ing an an­kle sprain but would be fine for Satur­day’s game…. Asked if he had con­sid­ered us­ing mul­ti­pur­pose threat Dil­lon

Bax­ter as a holder for ex­tra points, Kif­fin said, “We’re just try­ing to get Dil­lon to go to class, line up right and not fum­ble. So the last thing we want to do is let him do all our field goal plays. There’s a lot of au­di­bles that go with that, that’s why [quar­ter­back] Mitch [ Mus­tain] is there.” gary.klein@latimes.com twit­ter.com/la­timesklein

Joe Ni­chol­son US Presswire

JOY: Washington de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Nick Holt, a for­mer USC as­sis­tant, em­braces linebacker Ma­son Fos­ter af­ter a Huskies vic­tory in 2009.

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