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March 10, 2000 | By MIKE TERRY,
Like the sunshine that bathed the Los Angeles basin Thursday after several rainy days, USC got a needed change of scenery in its basketball landscape. Namely a 90-71 Pacific 10 Conference victory over the Washington Huskies before 2,975 at the Sports Arena. A victory defined as much by USC's defense as it was by the career-high 28 points of Jeff Trepagnier and 23 by Brian Scalabrine. Or the 50% success rate the Trojans had from the field, their highest percentage since shooting 59.
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February 21, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Lost: USC's offense, last seen in Seattle, possibly left at baggage claim. Contact Trojans Coach Kevin O'Neill if found. Then again, USC's offense has been missing all season, Saturday's 51-47 loss at Washington State just another example of what O'Neill calls an "offensively challenged" team searching for points in hidden places. But USC (16-10 overall, 8-6 in the Pacific 10 Conference) couldn't find any out in the Palouse in front of 6,967 at Beasley Coliseum. Multiple explanations existed; O'Neil started with selfishness.
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November 15, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC Coach Pete Carroll envisioned a bright future for his defense when four of the nation's top linebacker prospects signed letters of intent with the Trojans in February. But even Carroll is surprised that the future arrived so soon. Last Saturday, with two freshmen and a sophomore at linebacker for the majority of the game, USC's defense dominated California as the top-ranked Trojans extended their winning streak to 32 games.
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January 1, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC Coach Kevin O'Neill coughed as he left the news conference following his team's 56-50 win in its Pacific 10 conference opener against Arizona on Thursday. He was sick, kind of. No swine flu. No fever. No pox of any kind. "I'm sick of watching our team on offense," he said, half-kidding. A dose of his team's defense should be enough to cure what ails him, especially since the grinding style the Trojans played helped overcome a wretched night by savior point guard Mike Gerrity in front of 4,823 at the Galen Center.
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October 24, 2004 | J.A. Adande
The problem with being a defender is that the better you play, the less it takes to describe your effort. For example, all it took to sum up USC's defensive effort against Washington at the Coliseum on Saturday was a single digit: 0. That was Washington's point total, repeated over and over by the fans near the tunnel as the final seconds ticked away on the top-ranked, undefeated Trojans' seventh victory, a final score of 38-0. "Ze-ro. Ze-ro." And that's about as good as it gets for the defense.
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October 8, 2006 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
It had all the makings of another classic finish, a down-to-the-wire battle that would be decided on the last play. For the second consecutive week, USC's defense was backed into its own territory and facing a quarterback who had heroically driven his team nearly the length of the field for a final shot at an upset. Against Washington State, the Trojans foiled a desperation pass as time expired. On Saturday, Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback never even got the chance.
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January 27, 1997 | GEORGE DOHRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scared and complacent are not the ideal ways to take on the nation's ninth-ranked team, and USC can certainly attest to that after it ran and tried to hide from Cincinnati on Sunday. The Trojans walked onto the floor of the Sports Arena petrified by a Cincinnati team that was bigger, deeper and twice as talented, but instead of sticking out chests and trying for an upset, USC threw up its arms and lost, 100-81. "It was not a good day," Trojan Coach Henry Bibby said.
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October 26, 2002
No. 15 USC (5-2, 3-1) at No. 14 OREGON (6-1, 2-1) Today, 12:30 p.m. Autzen Stadium TV -- Ch. 7. Radio -- KMPC (1540) WHEN USC HAS THE BALL Quarterback Carson Palmer burned Washington with play-action passes and the Trojans will probably employ the same strategy against a Duck defense that ranks last in the Pacific 10 Conference in pass defense at 291.6 yards a game.
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September 26, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC's defensive line intends to make another stand tonight when the 12th-ranked Trojans play Washington State in a Pacific 10 Conference game at the Coliseum. Despite a foot injury that has sidelined end Armond Armstead since training camp, the unit has played well through three games. The Trojans rank fifth nationally in rushing defense. "I'm not surprised, but it is kind of a shocker to some people that we've come out and been a big help to the defense, because there's a lot of new players and underclassmen," sophomore tackle Jurrell Casey said.
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November 5, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC's defense was under fire during and after the Trojans' blowout loss against Oregon, media and fans alike assessing the damage and possible causes. But what of the offense? "We played just as bad as the defense played," tailback Joe McKnight said Wednesday after practice. The offense hopes to regain its rhythm when the 12th-ranked Trojans play Saturday at Arizona State. In its 47-20 loss at Oregon, USC produced 327 yards, it's second-lowest output of the season.
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November 5, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC's defense was under fire during and after the Trojans' blowout loss against Oregon, media and fans alike assessing the damage and possible causes. But what of the offense? "We played just as bad as the defense played," tailback Joe McKnight said Wednesday after practice. The offense hopes to regain its rhythm when the 12th-ranked Trojans play Saturday at Arizona State. In its 47-20 loss at Oregon, USC produced 327 yards, it's second-lowest output of the season.
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November 1, 2009 | Gary Klein
Welcome to their nightmare. USC's hopes for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game are over. So, almost certainly, are the Trojans' chances of winning an eighth consecutive Pacific 10 Conference title. Both ended Saturday night at Autzen Stadium when 10th-ranked Oregon handed fourth-ranked USC its worst loss of the Pete Carroll era, a 47-20 pounding before a delirious Halloween night crowd of 59,592. On a cold night in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and running back LaMichael James chilled the Trojans to the bone with outstanding performances for the Ducks, who are in complete control of the Pac-10 race with designs on a BCS bowl game bid. "That was a real mess," Carroll said outside the Trojans' locker room after the Ducks manhandled a Trojans team that was fifth in the BCS standings.
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October 30, 2009 | GARY KLEIN, ON USC FOOTBALL
The Pacific 10 Conference football championship is on the line. A shot at the Bowl Championship Series title game also could be in play. So USC's game on Saturday at Oregon is huge for the Trojans. For Pete Carroll as well. While USC's coach is far more beloved than embattled, there are rumblings among Trojans fans aching for a trip to a postseason game at the Rose Bowl that is not considered a consolation prize. Few regular-season games in Carroll's eight-plus seasons have put him on the spot as he will be on Halloween night at Autzen Stadium.
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October 17, 2009 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No one can deny fifth-year Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis' dedication or intellect. His breakdowns of upcoming opponents at weekly news conferences are pommel-horse displays of brain gymnastics. Position by position, detail by detail, name by name, he deconstructs the enemy's strengths and weaknesses. "Sixty-five yards rushing a game, two yards a carry, 173.8 passing a game, 238 a game total, 29% of third down, 21 sacks, 23% touchdowns in the red zone," Weis spoke this week of USC's defense.
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September 26, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC's defensive line intends to make another stand tonight when the 12th-ranked Trojans play Washington State in a Pacific 10 Conference game at the Coliseum. Despite a foot injury that has sidelined end Armond Armstead since training camp, the unit has played well through three games. The Trojans rank fifth nationally in rushing defense. "I'm not surprised, but it is kind of a shocker to some people that we've come out and been a big help to the defense, because there's a lot of new players and underclassmen," sophomore tackle Jurrell Casey said.
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October 8, 2006 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
It had all the makings of another classic finish, a down-to-the-wire battle that would be decided on the last play. For the second consecutive week, USC's defense was backed into its own territory and facing a quarterback who had heroically driven his team nearly the length of the field for a final shot at an upset. Against Washington State, the Trojans foiled a desperation pass as time expired. On Saturday, Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback never even got the chance.
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January 1, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC Coach Kevin O'Neill coughed as he left the news conference following his team's 56-50 win in its Pacific 10 conference opener against Arizona on Thursday. He was sick, kind of. No swine flu. No fever. No pox of any kind. "I'm sick of watching our team on offense," he said, half-kidding. A dose of his team's defense should be enough to cure what ails him, especially since the grinding style the Trojans played helped overcome a wretched night by savior point guard Mike Gerrity in front of 4,823 at the Galen Center.
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February 21, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Lost: USC's offense, last seen in Seattle, possibly left at baggage claim. Contact Trojans Coach Kevin O'Neill if found. Then again, USC's offense has been missing all season, Saturday's 51-47 loss at Washington State just another example of what O'Neill calls an "offensively challenged" team searching for points in hidden places. But USC (16-10 overall, 8-6 in the Pacific 10 Conference) couldn't find any out in the Palouse in front of 6,967 at Beasley Coliseum. Multiple explanations existed; O'Neil started with selfishness.
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November 15, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC Coach Pete Carroll envisioned a bright future for his defense when four of the nation's top linebacker prospects signed letters of intent with the Trojans in February. But even Carroll is surprised that the future arrived so soon. Last Saturday, with two freshmen and a sophomore at linebacker for the majority of the game, USC's defense dominated California as the top-ranked Trojans extended their winning streak to 32 games.
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October 24, 2004 | J.A. Adande
The problem with being a defender is that the better you play, the less it takes to describe your effort. For example, all it took to sum up USC's defensive effort against Washington at the Coliseum on Saturday was a single digit: 0. That was Washington's point total, repeated over and over by the fans near the tunnel as the final seconds ticked away on the top-ranked, undefeated Trojans' seventh victory, a final score of 38-0. "Ze-ro. Ze-ro." And that's about as good as it gets for the defense.
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