To recover from a disappointing loss to Stanford, No. 13 USC relied on an old friend, rushing for 296 yards in a 27-9 victory over California.
While the USC passing attack has been one of the most prolific in the nation, the Trojans know that they have to get their running game going.
USC used an adjustment in its running game against Washington to control the clock and continue its recent ground success.
Lamar Dawson's first start last week against Colorado brought mixed results. He'll have to improve this week against a complex Washington offense.
The return of senior Marc Tyler could bolster the running game; DE Nick Perry carries the load for the defense against Utah.