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Trojans’ run defense back where it started


Well, we had a shoot-out on our hands last night, didn’t we? Oregon defeated USC 62-51 in what was as exciting a game as the Coliseum has seen in a while (or, at least since last year’s triple-overtime Stanford game). But the Trojans’ defense was unable to make stops on a Duck offense that refused […]

No. 17 USC falls to No. 4 Oregon at the Coliseum


On the game’s sixth play, Marcus Mariota, Oregon’s first-year starter at quarterback, took the snap, paced back not more than two steps and floated a pass almost effortlessly about 20 yards over the middle of the field. The ball landed in the hands of a wide open De’Anthony Thomas for a touchdown. An announced sellout […]

Three Trojans selected as semifinalists for awards


A trio of Trojans were nominated for awards this week. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley and sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee were named semifinalists for the 76th Maxwell Award, and senior defensive back T.J. McDonald was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award for the nation’s top defensive back. McDonald is one of […]

Amid downturn, USC still deserves support


Well, this was not part of the plan. Before the season began, one could imagine what the Thursday before the Oregon game would be like: the campus buzzing with excitement, students posting pictures of the ESPN College GameDay crew setting up in front of the Coliseum and cardinal and gold scattered across campus in support […]

Which is the Pac-12’s top program?


Point: Despite Oregon’s recent string of success and a better record in 2012, USC remains the premier program in the Pac-12. This Saturday, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s cannon of an arm — yes, it’s stronger than Matt Barkley’s — and the blur of all-purpose weapon De’Anthony Thomas’ legs will give Trojan defenders nightmares. Oh, and […]

Don’t give up on the Trojans quite yet


Something important got lost in all the disappointment and frustration and anger after USC’s loss in Arizona last week. BCS national title hopes dashed; flights to Miami unbooked. People more or less said the season was over. But it’s not: USC still controls its own destiny to the Rose Bowl. Yes, the Rose Bowl. The […]

Trojan fans undersold severity of USC’s issues


I’m sorry, really. We at the Daily Trojan — the editors, the writers, the columnists — along with seemingly every other media outlet and the rest of the country bought into USC’s hype this season. We got sucked up into everything, the whirlwind of the offseason, with the free agent-like addition of running back Silas […]