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Cushy Numbers

January 04, 2006|Hans Tesselaar

34 numbers concerning USC's football team:

1 USC's ranking in the Associated Press, Harris Interactive and USA Today coaches' polls and bowl championship series standings.

2 Consecutive Associated Press national championships.

3 Heisman Trophy winners under Pete Carroll -- Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush.

4 BCS bowl appearances in four seasons.

5 Games in which USC trailed in 2005.

6 Crowds of more than 90,000 at the Coliseum in 2005 (in six games).

7 Consecutive victories over UCLA.

8 Victories (in eight games) over Notre Dame and UCLA in the last four seasons.

9 Losses for USC (in 63 games) under Carroll.

10 Field goals by Mario Danelo (in 11 attempts) in 2005.

11 Leinart's uniform number. As a Heisman winner, his number is one of seven that is or will be retired by USC, including No. 20, Mike Garrett; No. 32, O.J. Simpson; No. 12, Charles White; No. 33, Marcus Allen; No. 3, Palmer, and No. 5, Bush.

12 Touchdowns rushing by opponents in 2005.

13 Tackles for loss by Trojan defensive end Lawrence Jackson in 2005.

14 Times USC quarterbacks were sacked in 2005.

15 Players who scored touchdowns in 2005.

16 Consecutive victories over AP top-25 teams.

17 Fourth-down conversions (in 27 attempts) in 2005.

18 USC's largest deficit of the season, 21-3 at Arizona State.

19 Consecutive Pacific 10 Conference victories at home.

20 Uniform number for safety Darnell Bing, who received permission from Garrett to use it.

21 Touchdowns rushing in 2005 for LenDale White, USC's career touchdown leader with 54.

22 Interceptions by USC in 2005.

23 Consecutive Pac-10 victories.

24 Carries for Bush against UCLA, a career high.

25 Times the Trojans scored after a turnover in 2005.

26 Yards rushing (in eight attempts) for senior fullback David Kirtman in 2005.

27 Consecutive victories at home.

28 Touchdown receptions for Dwayne Jarrett, two off Mike Williams' school record.

29 Solo tackles and uniform number for safety Scott Ware.

30 Conference victories (in 32 games) in last four seasons.

31 Punts by the Trojans in 2005.

32 Sacks by the USC defense in 2005.

33 Consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.

34 Consecutive victories, tied for the sixth-longest streak in Division I history.

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