Post Game Notes
Oct. 16, 2004
USC improves to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-10. Arizona State falls to 5-1 and 2-1.
That's USC's 15th-straight win overall, 18th in a row at home and 10th-consecutive Pac-10 victory.
USC has now won 26 of its last 27 games, 27 of its last 29, 29 of its last 32 and 33 of its last 37.
Today's attendance was 90,211, though the game was a sell-out. It's the first time USC has had back-to-back sellouts since 1947. USC is averaging 88,850 per game in three home games this season.
USC now leads the series with ASU, 12-9. The Trojans have won the last five in a row.
USC's last three wins have come against undefeated teams.
The Trojans are undefeated in their last 10 games against top 25-ranked teams, winning by an average score of 38-16.
USC Offense Notes
USC's 42 first-half points is its most in a half since also scoring 42 in the first half against Oregon State in 1981.
USC has defeated its six opponents this season by an average score of 35-13.
USC has scored at least 20 points in its last 32 games, extending a school record. The Trojans have also scored at least 30 points in 23 of its last 27 games.
For the first time since 1979, USC has three 40-point-plus scoring efforts through its first six games of a season.
USC has outscored teams 83-17 in the second half this season.
In its current 14-game win streak , USC has won by an average of 22 points.
USC Defense Notes
USC held ASU scoreless in the first, third and fourth quarters and has now held its opponents to zero points in 14 of the 24 quarters it has played this season.
The Trojans are allowing just 12.5 points per game through six games, on pace for its best scoring defense showing since 1989.
USC still has not allowed a touchdown in the fourth quarter this season, outscoring foes 48-3.
USC held ASU QB Andrew Walter, who entered the game with 15 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions, to zero touchdown passes and 2 interceptions.
USC posted 8 sacks and already has 29 so far this season (last year at this point, USC had 22 sacks).
After allowing just 243 total yards vs. ASU, USC has now held four of its first six opponents to less than 300 yards total offense. Pete Carroll's teams are now 18-0 when holding teams to less than 300 yards of total offense.
Heisman Trophy Candidate Matt Leinart Notes
Matt Leinart through six games in 2003 without Mike Williams, Keary Colbert and with a re-built offensive line:112 of 172 for 1,411 yards, 65%, 14 TDs, 3 ints., 3 rushing touchdowns, pass efficiency rating of 157.40, 6 wins.
Leinart has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 19 of his games as the USC starting quarterback.
Leinart has thrown for at least 2 touchdown passes in 17 of those 19 career games--52 in all. He has thrown at least 3 touchdown passes in 10 of those games. He has thrown at least 4 touchdown passes in five of those 19 games.
Leinart's career touchdown to interception ratio is now 52-12. He has accounted for 55 touchdowns running and passing in his 19 career games (nearly three per game).
Leinart is now averaging one touchdown for every 11 pass attempts in his career.
During USC's 15-game win streak, Leinart has thrown 44 touchdown passes and just six interceptions.
USC is now 18-1 when Leinart starts.
With his second quarter 52-yard TD pass, Trojan sophomore Reggie Bush has now thrown for a touchdown, caught a touchdown and run for a touchdown this season.
In his career, he is now a four-way threat, producing touchdowns by way of passing, rushing, receiving and kick returns.
Bush's touchdown reception in the first quarter gives him a USC-best 8 touchdowns scored on the year.
Bush had 115 all-purpose yards in just over two quarters of work today.
LenDale White also caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter. He now has scored 21 touchdowns in his 19 career games.
White had 21 yards after initial contact by a defender and now has 299 yards on the season after contact.
Either White or Bush has scored a touchdown in each of USC's last 17 games.
USC is now 8-0 when both Bush and White score a touchdown in a game.
Shaun Cody blocked the fifth field goal attempt of his career in the first quarter and added a sack to give him a team-high six sacks on the season.
Mike Patterson had 2 tackles and now has 22 on the year, to go with a team-best 8 tackles for loss.
Butkus Award Candidate Matt Grootegoed Notes
Matt Grootegoed snared his fourth interception of the year-all in the last five games-in the second quarter. It was only the second interception of the season for ASU quarterback Andrew Walter in his last 194 attempts.
USC Fab Freshmen Notes
True freshman receiver Dwayne Jarrett caught three touchdown passes in the second quarter to tie a USC record for most touchdown passes caught in a game (several Trojans share the record). He had 5 catches for a career-high 139 yards (that's the first 100-yard game of his career).
For comparison's sake, Jarrett's 6 TD catches this season is two more than Mike Williams had through six games as a freshman and just one less than Williams had through six games last year.
Fun Fact on Jarrett and Williams and USC: In game six of last year, USC scored 41 points in the first half against Stanford as Williams caught three touchdown passes from Matt Leinart in the second quarter. USC later added a field goal in the second half to win with 44 points. This year, Jarrett caught three second-quarter touchdowns from Leinart as USC scored 42 points in the first half, before tacking on a field goal later in the game.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Eric Wright registered his first career sack in the second quarter.
ARIZONA STATE NOTES
Senior quarterback Andrew Walter became the Sun Devil's career passing yardage leader in the second quarter. He tied Jake Plummer's career mark of 8,827 yards with a seven-yard pass to freshman Zach Miller during ASU's second drive of the second quarter and surpassed the mark with his 10-yard completion to junior Derek Hagan on ASU's next possession.
Walter also set the ASU mark for career completions. He came into the game one completion shy of the 632 that Plummer turned in during his ASU career (1993-96).
Freshman tight end Zach Miller registered a career high with 102 yards receiving, his first career 100 yard receiving game.
Walter did not throw a TD pass in the game, snapping a streak of nine straight games with a touchdown.