LOS ANGELES – Dillon Johnson passed for 256 yards and four touchdowns, Michael Penix Jr. ran. for 256 yards and two scores and kept a prolific No. 5 Washington the unbeaten Huskies with a 52-42 win over No. 20 Southern California on Saturday night.
Devin Culp and Ja’Lynn Polk caught TD passes from Penix, who also rushed for a score, and the Huskies (9-0, 6-0 Pac-12) won a high-octane thriller that featured two elite offenses and two deficient defenses.
Johnson had the fifth-greatest rushing performance in Washington history and his first 200-yard game or four TD game since 2017 as the Huskies racked up 572 total yards.
Caleb Williams threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans (7-3, 5-2), who lost three of four to end their championship hopes despite another productive outing from the Heisman Trophy winner and his offense. Raleek Brown, Darwin Barlow and Williams rushed for the Delegates, while Tahj Washington, Brenden Rice and Mario Williams caught scoring passes in front of a sold-out Coliseum for USC’s 100th Homecoming weekend.
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The offenses combined for 1,087 yards, but Washington repeatedly made bigger plays at key moments. The Huskies never trailed in the second half after Williams fumbled deep in USC territory to give Washington a 35-28 lead on Johnson’s third TD run 20 seconds before halftime.
Mario Williams caught a 20-yard TD pass from Caleb Williams to make it 42-42 late in the third quarter, but Washington’s Grady Gross made a 43-yard field goal with 12:25 to play. Caleb Williams then took a long sack that put the Trojans out of field goal range on their next drive, and Washington marched 91 yards for Johnson’s fourth TD with 2:20 left.
USC gave up at least 40 points for the fifth time in its last six games, increasing the pressure on longtime Lincoln Riley coach Alex Grinch’s defensive coordinator.
NO. 6 OREGON 63, CALIFORNIA 19: Bo Nix threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as Oregon pulled away from California in a wild first half at home.
Nix completed 29 of 38 passes for 38 yards. He had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs. Tez Johnson caught 12 passes for 180 yards and two scores and the Ducks (8-1, 4-1) were winless at Autzen Stadium.
Jaydn Ott ran for 93 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Bears (3-6, 1-5). Nohl Williams scored on a fumble return and Mateen Bhaghani made two field goals.
Nix was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a pair of touchdowns and running for another during Oregon’s 35-6 win at No. 13 Utah last weekend.
NO. 18 UTAH 55, ARIZONA STATE 3: Bryson Barnes rushed for 161 yards and a career-high four touchdowns and Ja’Quinden Jackson rushed 13 times for 111 yards to lead host Utah over Arizona State (2-7, 1-5).
Barnes, who also ran for 56 yards, threw his final touchdown strike to Landen King with 12:59 left and shut out the rest of the game.
Jackson ran for a 54-yard touchdown early in the third quarter but landed awkwardly in the end zone and had to be helped off the field. The Utes (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) already have two running backs, Micah Bernard and Chris Curry, out for the season.
Barnes connected on seven of his first eight passes to lead the Utes to touchdowns on their first two drives. Both were capped by scoring passes to Devaughn Vele.
10 STANFORD, WASHINGTON ST. 7: Stanford kicker Joshua Karty hit a field goal with less than six minutes left, and Stanford’s defense shut out Washington State in the second half for a gritty road win.
The Cardinal (3-6, 2-5) snapped a six-game losing streak to the Cougars in the last PAC-12 Conference matchup between these longtime league foes.
Washington State (4-5, 1-5) lost its fifth straight game after starting the season 4-0 and reaching No. 13 in The AP Top 25 poll.
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