Trojans Sleepless in Seattle

The Aaron Corp Experiment did not go as well as planned, as No. 3 USC lost to conference rival Washington, 13-16, in Seattle on Saturday. With the loss, USC (2-1, 0-1) dropped to No. 12 in the AP rankings, while the victorious Huskies (2-1, 1-0) moved up to No. 24.

Southern Cal jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a Joe McKnight seven-yard touchdown run and a Jordan Congdon 42-yard field goal. However, the Huskies scored 13 unanswered points to take a 13-10 lead early in the fourth.

After Congdon tied the game at 13-13, Washington kicker Erik Folk nailed a 22-yard game-winning field goal with three seconds left to end a seven-game losing streak to USC.

The Trojans had three turnovers and eight penalties when inside the Huskies 35-yard-line. Corp finished with 110 yards, no touchdowns and one interception on 13-of-22 passing; McKnight led all rushers with 100 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.

USC hosts the Washington State Cougars at the Coliseum Sept. 26 at 7:15 p.m.

UCLA Tame Wildcats

Kevin Craft threw for 186 yards and Johnathan Franklin rushed for 119 yards as the UCLA Bruins defeated Kansas State, 23-9, at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. It was UCLA’s third consecutive victory of the season despite losing starting quarterback Kevin Prince to injury last week.

For UCLA, it is their first 3-0 start since 2005. Craft, a senior, filled in for Prince and completed 13-of-24 passes with one touchdown and one interception.

UCLA’s defense has been phenomenal all season, allowing just 38 points in three games, while the offense has scored 75.

The Bruins have a week off before starting Pac-10 play at Stanford Oct. 3. Prince, who broke his jaw in the Sept. 12 victory over Tennessee, is reportedly expected to be out another two or three weeks.