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Trojans fall to Bruins in rivalry clash, 38-28


Saturday didn’t turn out like 1974 for No. 18 USC. Instead, it turned out like much of 2012. On the game’s first snap, senior quarterback Matt Barkley looked to his left and fired a pass toward Marqise Lee. But the sophomore wide receiver was swarmed by two defenders, and the pass was snatched by UCLA […]

Trojans need to order up blitzes


It’s been a couple of weeks since I could write that USC won, but Saturday’s 38-17 beatdown of Arizona State finally allows me to be optimistic. The Trojans now sit at 7-3 and can win the Pac-12 South with a victory against UCLA next weekend at the Rose Bowl. Yeah, USC put up 38 points. […]

No. 9 USC outdone by Arizona 39-36


TUCSON — Any hopes No. 9 USC had of playing in Miami for the BCS National Title Game are officially gone. After finding themselves in a 10-0 hole in the first quarter, the Trojans were unable to convert a late Hail Mary attempt as time expired to rally back against Arizona, losing 39-36 at Arizona […]

Turnovers key to USC’s defensive resurgence


Last year, the Trojans posted signs all around Heritage Hall, proclaiming their mantra: “That’s our ball!” And yet, for the past several years, the Trojan defense has been subpar in forcing turnovers. The Trojans ranked 90th nationally in 2011 with just 1.4 takeaways per game (for an embarrassing comparison, UCLA averaged 1.5). The 2010 team […]

Could Marqise Lee play cornerback, too?


USC sophomore Marqise Lee is already one of the most dynamic players in college football as a wide receiver and kick returner. CBSSports.com’s weekly Heisman Trophy Straw Poll ranked Lee fourth, after all. But if it was up to the talented wideout, he’d do even more for the No. 11 Trojans. On the return flight […]