SEATTLE (AP) — Elijah Molden dropped into open space near the goal line and went unnoticed. When the pass went his direction, Washington’s young cornerback finally grabbed his first interception. Two plays later, Salvon Ahmed ran into open space. When he found it, the speedy running back broke off the longest run play for Washington in 25 years.
They were two plays a matter of seconds apart that broke the game open and helped No. 17 Washington beat No. 21 Southern California 28-14 on Saturday.
“I thought that was game-changing, that sequence right there. That’s a 14-point swing,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said.
Washington’s talented secondary forced Matt Fink into three interceptions, shut down the passing game for most of the afternoon and caused headaches for the former third-stringer thrust into his first college start.
Meanwhile, the Huskies received a career day from Ahmed, who rushed for 153 yards, including his 89-yard TD run in the third quarter and gave Washington a 21-point lead. Ahmed missed last week’s win at BYU with a leg injury. But he was back in a big way against the Trojans with the longest run play for Washington (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) play since a 91-yard TD run by Napoleon Kaufman in 1994 against San Jose State.
“Those are the kinds of runs that you dream for,” Ahmad said. “I’m happy that I’ve got an offensive line that can make those things happen up front for us. They work their tails off every single down and that is a reward to them and a reward to me.”
Up Next: The Huskies begin a two-game road trip playing at Stanford next Saturday.