Top-Ranked USC Football Makes First-Ever Visit To BYU

Sept. 12, 2004

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Top-ranked and defending national champion USC puts its 11-game winning streak on the line when it makes its first-ever visit to BYU this week. It's just the second meeting between the Trojans and Cougars, following last year's closer-than-the-final-score USC victory. It's been 87 years since the Trojans have played a football game in the state of Utah. It should be a difficult environment for Troy, as 64,045-seat LaVell Edwards Stadium could be at capacity. It'll be a homecoming for USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who returns for the first time to the school where he spent 27 years as an assistant. For the second time in USC's first 3 games of 2004, Trojans such as Heisman Trophy candidate QB Matt Leinart, talented TBs LenDale White and Reggie Bush and All-American defensive candidates Matt Grootegoed, Mike Patterson and Shaun Cody will take their acts on the road. For the second week in row, USC is playing a Mountain West Conference opponent (last week, the Trojans blanked Colorado State at home). BYU played another Pac-10 team last week, falling at Stanford. USC is coming off a 322-yard ground performance last week, but the Cougars are seventh nationally in rush defense. The Watkins brothers (USC's Travis and BYU's Todd) will be on opposite sidelines. The game will be shown live nationally on ESPN, USC's second appearance on that network's air this year after a 12-year drought.

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