By Grace Bain
SEATTLE — Salvon Ahmed rushed for a career-high 153 yards and one touchdown to lead No. 17 Washington to a 28-14 victory over No. 21 Southern Cal at Husky Stadium on Saturday.
Ahmed ran for 17 carries, including an 89-yard touchdown run. Jacob Eason threw for 180 yards with a 16-26 completion rate.
This is the first time Washington (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) has played USC (3-2, 2-1) since 2016, when the Trojans won 26-13 at Husky Stadium.
Washington took an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter after a 1-yard run touchdown by Richard Newton and Andre Baccellia recovered a fumble by Ahmed in the end zone. In the second quarter, Matt Fink scored a 3-yard touchdown run for USC, and Peyton Henry kicked a 28-yard field goal, giving Washington a 17-7 lead in the first half. In the third quarter, Washington had another field goal, and both teams scored once more, with Washington going for a two-point conversion after Ahmed made his 89-yard run.
Fink threw for 163 yards and three interceptions. Michael Pittman Jr. ran for 64 yards and had one touchdown. Stephen Carr rushed for seven carries and 94 yards.
Next week, Washington plays Stanford. USC has an open week before facing Notre Dame on Oct. 12.