November 1, 1998 |
Even if he knew it in the back of his helmet-less head, even if he stood on the sideline and could figure out he was watching the dawning of the Carson Palmer Era, Mike Van Raaphorst wasn't dead sure until the middle of the third quarter. Even though Palmer started the game Saturday against Washington, Coach Paul Hackett had implied that Van Raaphorst would rotate in for Palmer, the way Palmer rotated in for him during the first eight games.
October 30, 1998 |
The Trojans figure they know what's coming Saturday against Washington, a team that leads the Pacific 10 Conference in sacks with 43. "They pressure the quarterback," Mike Van Raaphorst said. "Justin Vedder from Cal, they absolutely punished him." Van Raaphorst also knows that if the Huskies bring all that pressure, somebody's open. "It's a fun game for a quarterback," he said. Freshman Carson Palmer, the No.
October 21, 1998 |
UCLA is No. 2 in the nation but the Bruins aren't even USC Coach Paul Hackett's pick for No. 1 in the Pacific 10 Conference. Bulletin board material be damned, he repeatedly has given the nod to Oregon. "Now we have to go up and play against what I think is the best team in the conference," Hackett said. "They don't turn the ball over against UCLA, they win the game handily. To me, that is the team to beat." Uh, Coach, did you mean to say that?
October 19, 1998 |
USC will face a hurting Oregon team Saturday in Eugene. The Ducks not only lost to UCLA in overtime Saturday, they found out Sunday they have lost star tailback Reuben Droughns for the season. Droughns broke a bone in his right ankle--officially a fractured lower fibula--and suffered ligament damage when he was hurt during the UCLA game and will require surgery. A junior from Anaheim High, Droughns had been leading the Pacific 10 Conference in rushing and had three 200-yard games this season.
October 17, 1998
Only way to describe USC's second-half collapse during the 32-31 humiliating loss to Cal: Coach Hackett's Offense Keeps Evaporating! TOMMY CHENG, Torrance College is supposed to be a learning experience. So what did we all learn after USC's debacle? 1. Mike Van Raaphorst has a JV arm; 2. Frank Strong can't block and has hands of glass; 3. the offensive line is offensive; 4. no more need to ask why Billy Miller and Antoine Harris don't have more receptions; 5. Larry Parker should play in a straitjacket; 6. brain-dead penalties will kill you every time; 7. a defensive game plan of leaving the middle of the field and the flats uncovered doesn't work; 8. with seven seconds left on the clock and the ball on the one-yard line, it's OK to run one more play; 9. the officiating can't get any worse, and 10. you can lose at home to an inferior team even when leading by 21 points.
October 10, 1998
Time: 3:30 p.m. * Site: Coliseum * Records: USC 4-1, Cal 3-1. * TV: Fox Sports West 2 * Radio: XTRA (690) THE OFFENSES * These are not well-oiled machines--or very good advertisements for the West Coast offense. Cal ranks 109th among 112 Division I-A teams in total offense and last in the Pacific 10 at about 256 yards a game--including a paltry 68.5 yards rushing. USC, at about 307 yards a game, ranks 84th in the nation and eighth in the Pac-10.