USC Football Faces Colorado State In Home Opener

Sept. 5, 2004

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Following a week off after its season-opening road win over Virginia Tech, the top-ranked and defending national champion USC football team now plays its home opener. It's the first time since the 1981 loss to Arizona that USC has appeared in the Coliseum as the nation's No. 1 ranked team. For the second game in a row, the Trojans are playing an opponent (Colorado State this week) for the first time ever. The Trojans will attempt to extend not only their 10-game winning streak, but a 15-game Coliseum victory string. It's also the first of back-to-back games against Mountain West Conference foes (next up is a road contest at BYU). The likes of Heisman Trophy candidate Matt Leinart, 'Thunder and Lightning' tailbacks Reggie Bush and LenDale White, All-American defensive candidates Shaun Cody, Mike Patterson and Matt Grootegoed and their Trojan teammates will be making their 2004 Coliseum debuts. Colorado State, which has never before faced a No. 1-ranked team, is coming off a gut-wrenching season-opening loss at Colorado last weekend. Coach Sonny Lubick's squad returns 8 offensive players from last year, including WR David Anderson and TE Joel Dreessen. To commemorate the third anniversary of Sept. 11, USC has proclaimed the game as 'Joint Forces Day'--there will be a moment of silence, a fighter jet flyover and a special ticket deal for all military, police and fire personnel. The game will be shown live regionally by ABC-TV, with a near-sellout crowd expected in the 92,000-seat Coliseum (USC averaged 77,000-plus fans at home last season).

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