Led by the 14 tackles of redshirt freshman Hayes Pullard, USC was able to limit the big plays in Oregon's running game.
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.
USC set the tone early and dominated play in the trenches to spark a dominating road victory over Notre Dame.
The bye week came at a perfect time for USC's offensive line, which has to adjust its blocking schemes for Cal's 3-4 alignment.
USC needs to generate a pass rush to protect its secondary, along with a run game to control the clock and keep Arizona's offense off the field.