Dillon Johnson had himself a day against USC.

But even he knows the 256 rushing yards and four touchdowns weren’t possible without the UW offensive line smashing heads up front. In a 52-42 win over USC in Los Angeles, Johnson and the UW ground game were humming at a level Husky fans hadn’t yet seen this season. And Johnson made sure to thank his offensive line on social media Sunday evening.

Washington racked up 572 yards of total offense against the Trojans. With Michael Penix Jr. at the controls, UW just hasn’t run the football this season. Saturday marked a change of plan.

Johnson logged 26 carries, smashing his previous career-high. With 256 yards on the ground, he had the fifth-best single-game performance by a Washington runner in program history.

It was also the program’s first 200-yard day by a tailback since 2017.

“It’s a special game. I don’t even know how to put it into words. It’s just God’s plan, and God’s timing,” Johnson told reporters after the game. “We were kind of struggling in a run game the last two weeks. The whole goal this week was to establish the run game and that’s what we did.”

But 256 yards?

“We just wanted to be the most physical team,” he said. “My career high (was) 100 yards. So that tells you a little bit right there.”

UW certainly accomplished that goal. And Johnson saw it took a toll on the USC defenders tasked with trying to stop him.

“They were slowing down. They weren’t pressuring as much as we thought they would,” he said. “It made our day kind of easy.”