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They're men of the hour

September 16, 2008|Gary Klein and David Wharton | Times Staff Writers

USC Coach Pete Carroll spent nearly two hours on his 57th birthday Monday sitting and strolling for an interview with "60 Minutes."

Meanwhile, quarterback Mark Sanchez carved out some time during the top-ranked Trojans' day off to watch tape of 60 minutes of USC domination over Ohio State.

Sanchez, who has passed for seven touchdowns in two games, also purchased a journal at the campus bookstore so he could jot down thoughts as the season progresses.

"It's been a wild ride and it's not even close to over," said Sanchez, who was selected Pacific 10 Conference offensive player of the week for the second time this season. "Hopefully more fun stuff will come. There's plenty of stuff I can work on. Two games is not an end point."

USC does not play again until Sept. 25, a Thursday night game against Oregon State. The Beavers, who upset USC at Corvallis, Ore., in 2006, are 1-2 after defeating Hawaii on Saturday.

Sanchez echoed comments Carroll made Sunday, saying the Trojans would not have a letdown against the Beavers.

"Every game has its own little buildup," Sanchez said. "You don't need buildup for Ohio State and that was made to seem like it was the Super Bowl. With Oregon State, last time we were there we lost. It's a Thursday night game. . . . We won't have any problem getting excited."

Sanchez made several outstanding plays during the Trojans' 35-3 rout of Ohio State but there were also a few overlooked moments.

Sanchez, for example, tossing a shovel pass to his tailback, then sprinting downfield to lay a block on All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis.

Well, almost a block.

"I got a little of him," Sanchez said after the game.

The final two touchdowns -- both on Sanchez passes to wide receiver Damian Williams -- resulted from extra hard work in practice. As in, Williams working extra hard to bug Sanchez.

The sophomore was USC's leading receiver in the opener at Virginia but did not get into the end zone. "He was harassing me all week," Sanchez said.

Williams responded: "Did he tell you that? I'm going to kill him."

Photo op

During the Ohio State game, kicker David Buehler glanced down a sideline populated by Denzel Washington and other Hollywood A-listers and noticed punter Greg Woidneck shaking hands with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"I try to stay focused, but with special teams, you have a lot of time," Buehler said.

Buehler had already met actor Robert Patrick, who played the T-1000 in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," at practice this season, so he rounded up teammate Joe Houston and they had a snapshot taken with the governor. "I thought it was the perfect opportunity," Buehler said. "I just have to find the guy who took the picture."

Quick kicks

Cornerback Shareece Wright, who was charged last week with felony resisting a police officer, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. Carroll said he would decide what action, if any, he would take later in the week. . . . Linebacker Rey Maualuga was the conference's defensive player of the week. . . . The Trojans resume practice today. They also will work out Wednesday and Thursday then have Friday and Saturday off.




at Oregon State (1-2, 0-1)

Sept. 25, 6 p.m., ESPN

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