Troy Polamalu Named Pac-10 Defensive Player Of The Week
Sept. 16, 2002
USC All-American safety Troy Polamalu was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Trojan win at No. 18 Colorado.
Polamalu had a team-high 11 tackles at Colorado to spearhead a defense that limited CU to just 61 total yards (the fewest allowed by USC since Oregon State had 43 in 1952), including only 24 passing (USC's fewest allowed since Oregon State had 0 yards in 1993), and 4 first downs (the least allowed by USC since Colorado had 4 in 1963).
At 40-3, it was Colorado's worst loss since 1992 and its worst home loss since 1983. It also was USC's first win over a ranked opponent on the road (non-neutral site) since 1995 and kept Troy's record perfect against the Buffaloes in 5 tries. The Trojan defense also limited CU to just 1.3 yards on its 48 plays, forced 10 punts, posted 4 sacks, and let the Buffaloes convert just 1-of-14 third downs (none in the second half).
Also winning Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this week were a pair of California players, quarterback Kyle Boller (offense) and punt returner Jemeel Powell (special teams).
It's the third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor in Polamalu's career. He was twice honored last season, against Oregon State (special teams) and UCLA (defense).
Polamalu is the second Trojan in as many games to be honored by the Pac-10 in 2002. Quarterback Carson Palmer was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week after the Auburn game.