Southern Cal 37, Washington 23
SEATTLE (AP) _ Calvin Peete’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Paul Green broke a 23-23 tie midway through the the fourth quarter and Southern California kept its Rose Bowl hopes alive with a 37-23 victory over Washington in a Pac-10 game Saturday.
Steven Webster added 182 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for USC, including an insurance TD on a one-yard plunge with 5:56 left.
The Huskies, now 2-2 in the Pac-10 race, saw their Rose Bowl hopes virtually extinguished. Southern Cal is now 3-1 in league play.
The Trojans had to rally after Washington overcame a 16-7 halftime deficit to go ahead 20-16 in the third quarter on 1 and 2-yard runs by Tony Covington on its first two possessions of the second half.
USC went back on top 23-20 on backup tailback Scott Lockwood’s 38-yard run with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.
After Washington’s Brandy Brownlee kicked a 19-yard field goal to tie the score 23-23 with 2:22 gone in the fourth quarter, Southern Cal drove 80 yards in 12 plays for the go-ahead touchdown, quieting the crowd of 71,678. Peete found Green all alone in the left corner of the end zone with 7:40 to go for his second TD pass of the day.
Greg Coauette intercepted Chris Chandler’s pass and returned it 23 yards to the Washington 9 to set up Webster’s second touchdown.
Southern Cal amassed 442 total yards, including 319 on the ground, and was helped by five Washington turnovers, three in the final period.
Webster, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound junior from Lemon Grove, Calif., rushed for 114 yards on 30 carries in the first half.
Peete passed 14 yards to Erik Affholter for a touchdown in the first quarter after linebacker Marcus Cotton recovered Aaron Jenkins’ fumble on the Washington 24.
Webster scored his first touchdown and Quin Rodriguez kicked a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter for the Trojans.
Washington scored on a 2-yard run by Chandler in the first quarter.
The Trojans were penalized 13 times for 134 yards.