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Character evident in spite of tough loss


USC’s thrilling, triple-overtime showdown against Stanford ended with applause — not after a last-second game-winning field goal or a goal line stand from an oft-maligned defense. It came after a fumble from Curtis McNeal, the junior tailback who rushed for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries Saturday. Hordes of cardinal and […]

Running game has been catalyst for USC


After a quick three-and-out by Notre Dame to start the game on Saturday, USC took over possession and proceeded to do exactly the opposite of what everyone expected — it ran the ball. If USC coach Lane Kiffin would have proposed this game plan to the USC faithful before the Trojans’ first snap, I would […]

Game rewind: Notre Dame


The set up: After eight consecutive years of defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the USC Trojans experienced defeat last season in Los Angeles. Notre Dame hoped to use that victory as a springboard into an extended period of dominance over its intersectional rival. USC, coming off a long week after defeating California on Oct. […]

Four burning questions: Notre Dame


Who will be the best receiver on the field? Similar to USC’s contest against Cal last week, Saturday’s game features a wealth of talent at the wide receiver position. USC sophomore Robert Woods and Notre Dame junior Michael Floyd are among some of the best wide receivers in the country. Woods looks to rebound after […]

Game three rewind: USC runs over Syracuse at the Coliseum


The set-up: Following two narrow escapes, USC played host to undefeated Syracuse. On the one hand, the Orange, who reportedly left the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference earlier in the day, hoped to spoil a perfect three-game home stand with their impressive passing attack. On the other hand, the Trojans aimed to […]

Tyler’s play not vital for Trojans’ success


The thing about a liability on any male sports team is that you can never be too sure he’s reformed. No matter how reformed he is said to be, no matter how many people declare him a changed man, anyone watching is still thinking, “When’s his next outburst coming?” So why, then, has USC been […]