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.
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.
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.
November 5, 2011 |
USC coaches and players constantly talk about the need to finish. Finish plays. Finish workouts. Finish games. The Trojans, fresh off an impressive victory over undermanned Colorado, are now on the eve of the final quarter of the season with Washington, No. 6 Oregon and UCLA coming up the next three weeks. USC is counting on several players' returning from injury, including tailback Marc Tyler , linebacker Dion Bailey and running back/receiver George Farmer . "Getting those guys back will be a key to how we finish," Coach Lane Kiffin said Saturday.
September 6, 2011 |
Brian Blechen was a Moorpark High quarterback when he attended a prospects camp at Utah. Utes coaches offered him a scholarship — and switched him to safety on the eve of his first training camp. Then, after a freshman All-American season in 2010, they switched him again. Now he plays linebacker. That, Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham said, should come as no surprise. "Our M.O. in recruiting is to go find the raw material," he said. In Blechen, Utah found speed, toughness and overall athletic ability.
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.
November 6, 2011 |
Nick Holt wasn't trying to be flip or funny. Based on his experience, Washington's defensive coordinator was just calling it the way he saw it. "I'd rather play USC than Oregon, quite honestly," Holt told reporters on Saturday night after Oregon defeated the Huskies, 34-17. With the Huskies coming to the Coliseum on Saturday, Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian said, "we have to get right and get right fast. " Count on Sarkisian and Holt to have the Huskies prepared.
November 6, 2010 |
UCLA found a high-profile running back it could stop ? finally. Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers came into the game ranked 14th in rushing in the nation, averaging 105.7 yards per game. He also had a productive history against the Bruins, with 112 yards rushing last season and 144 in 2008. But the Bruins, who have been trampled by some of the best this season, held Rodgers to 67 yards in 14 attempts in their 17-14 victory Saturday. "We knew we were a better defense than we have showed," linebacker Akeem Ayers said.