LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Frostee Rucker and top-ranked Southern California were determined to keep Pac-10 Conference foe Washington off the scoreboard.
Rucker forced a fumble and recovered another as the Trojans handed the Huskies their first shutout in 23 years, 38-0.
Washington (1-6, 0-4 Pac-10) mustered just 113 yards of total offense as it was blanked for the first time in 272 games - the longest streak in Division I-A. The Huskies had not been shut out since a 31-0 setback to UCLA on November 7, 1981.
"Sure, it feels good. It's something nice," Trojans coach Pete Carroll said. "There is a pride factor involved. It's not something we try to prepare for, but if it's there, we try to shoot for it. It's nice to see the players fight for it."
"It's part of our history. It's part of the reason people come here to play," said Washington's Isaiah Stanback, who completed only 3-of-16 passes for 27 yards. "You don't want to be part of the team that ends that streak."
Washington secured its first losing record since 1976, when the Huskies went 5-6 in Don James' second season.
LenDale White ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Leinart threw for a pair of scores for USC (7-0, 4-0), which has won 16 consecutive games overall and 19 in a row at home.
The Trojans held just a 3-0 lead until Leinart connected on a 15-yard TD with Reggie Bush with 6:35 left in the first half. On the first play after the break, Trojans linebacker Matt Grootegoed jarred the ball loose from Washington tailback Kenny James and Rucker pounced on it, setting up White's three-yard TD run.
"Coaches did a great job calling the game," Rucker said. "Today, it didn't matter if they were 1-5, 5-1, or 6-0. It just didn't matter. We were prepared and we knew who was going to get the ball. They kept trying the same plays and they kept getting frustrated."
Leinart added a 29-yard TD pass to Jason Mitchell and White a two-yard scoring run in the third quarter and Desmond Reed capped the scoring with a 28-yard run with 1:57 remaining in the contest.
"(Our offensive line) started getting in a groove as the game kept going," said White, whose team ran for 197 yards and limited the Huskies to 50. "They kept plowing holes open, there were holes there I just had to run through."
Leinart completed 24-of-43 passes for 217 yards and an interception for USC, which gained 453 yards.
Michael Braunstein, a redshirt freshman, missed a pair of field-goal attempts for Washington.
The Huskies were 0-of-14 on third-down conversions, while the Trojans were 8-of-18. Washington also held the ball for just 20:51.
"I'm stuck on offense. We can't make a play," Huskies coach Kevin Gilbertson said. "We couldn't get the ball to receivers. We couldn't get our running game going."
"This was the best defense we faced all year," Stanback said. "They were so fast and aggressive, I never got a chance to check out their secondary." Casey Paus, the former starter, went just 4-of-12 for 36 yards and was intercepted once.