October 31, 2011 |
The last time USC lost in triple-overtime, the Trojans came back the next week and began a 34-game winning streak. Heading into Friday night's game at Colorado, Coach Lane Kiffin has more modest goals coming off a triple-overtime defeat against Stanford. "We're just trying to get one in a row," he said Monday. "We're not worried about 34 right now. " This is the Trojans' first trip to Boulder, Colo., since 2002, when quarterback Carson Palmer led USC to a 40-3 victory in the second game of the season.
August 27, 2012
Join us at 8:15 a.m. today for a live Google+ Hangout chat with sportswriter David Wharton, who is in China with the UCLA basketball team, and Times sports editor Mike James. [ Update at 8 a.m. : The chat has been canceled because of technical difficulties. Our apologies for the cancellation.] The trip to China represents a trial run, the start of what could be an annual exchange between the Pac-12 and the Federation of University Sports of China. Pac-12 officials are eager to foster relationships with a country where they might someday broadcast games and sell merchandise to a basketball-crazed populace.
September 4, 2012
Join us at noon today for a live Google+ Hangout chat with sportswriter David Wharton and deputy sports editor John Cherwa. Wharton was in China with the UCLA men's basketball on their recent historic trip. The trip to China was a trial run, the start of what could be an annual exchange between the Pac-12 and the Federation of University Sports of China. Pac-12 officials are eager to foster relationships with a country where they might someday broadcast games and sell merchandise to a basketball-crazed populace.
November 5, 2011 |
Quarterback Kevin Prince and wide receiver Nelson Rosario connected on a 76-yard scoring pass in a 29-28 victory over Arizona State at the Rose Bowl Saturday, UCLA's longest touchdown pass since its 2007 season opener. A pump fake by Prince suckered two defensive backs, leaving Rosario running free. The play gave the Bruins a 23-14 lead early in the third quarter. The last UCLA scoring pass that was longer was a 77-yard connection between Ben Olson and Joe Cowan against Stanford more than four years ago. Rosario finished with five receptions for 151 yards, moving him into 11th place on UCLA's career receptions list and 10th in receiving yards.
November 5, 2010 |
Safety Marshall Jones , slowed by injuries throughout his USC career, is expected to play a larger role Saturday night when the Trojans meet Arizona State in a Pacific 10 Conference game at the Coliseum. Jones, a junior who starred at Westlake Village Oaks Christian High, redshirted last season after suffering a broken vertebra in his neck. He has played as a reserve or on special teams in every game this season, but worked with the starters this week and could alternate with Jawanza Starling against the Sun Devils.
August 17, 2011 |
Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pacific 12 Conference, has quickly gained a reputation for making bold moves. And bold statements too. That was evident again Wednesday when Scott reflected on a Yahoo! Sports report detailing how a now-imprisoned University of Miami booster allegedly provided impermissible benefits to more than 70 Hurricanes athletes from 2002 to 2010. Paul Dee was Miami's athletic director from 1993 to 2008. Last year, he was chairman of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, overseeing USC's receiving sanctions that ranked among the most severe in college sports history.
October 24, 2011 |
Highly touted freshman quarterback Brett Hundley was not ready to play had UCLA needed to replace Kevin Prince against Arizona last week, Coach Rick Neuheisel said Monday. "I'm not afraid to play Brett Hundley," Neuheisel said. "My concern is Brett being ready to play. " Neuheisel said he "thought briefly" about using Hundley, but it was junior Nick Crissman who warmed up late in the game. Crissman didn't play because the Wildcats ran out the clock in a 48-12 victory.
September 19, 2011 |
Andrew Luck threw for 325 yards and had both of his touchdown passes in the second half, helping Stanford pull away for a 37-10 victory over host Arizona in a game that ended late Saturday night. Stanford, 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Pacific 12 Conference, struggled to find the end zone in the first half, then wore Arizona down in the second. Luck picked the Wildcats apart on 20-for-31 passing, throwing touchdown passes to Zach Ertz in the third quarter and Levine Toilolo in the fourth.
October 25, 2011 |
Oregon is without its starting quarterback and tailback — and it doesn't seem to matter much. Against Colorado, freshman quarterback Bryan Bennett threw for a pair of touchdowns while stepping in for Darron Thomas , who sat out because of an injured knee. Junior Kenjon Barner rushed for a pair of touchdowns in place of LaMichael James , who missed his second game because of an elbow injury. That left Colorado Coach Jon Embree with his mouth agape following his team's 45-2 loss to the Ducks.
August 1, 2011 |
Ten things you may, or may not, know in advance of the 2011 season: 1. A "Whoa Nellie" rule change takes effect this year that could take away a game-winning touchdown by your favorite player. Excessive celebrations by players before they reach the end zone will be ruled "unsportsmanlike conduct" and marked from the spot of infraction, negating the points. "Well," Arizona State Coach Dennis Erickson said, "If they want to stop the excessive celebration, this is the rule that will do it. I guarantee you that.