Top-ranked USC Football Completes 3-Game Homestand By Hosting Washington

Oct. 17, 2004

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Top-ranked and defending national champion USC completes a 3-game homestand when it hosts Washington. It's the 75th meeting between the schools. Troy has won 3 of the last 4 games against UW, including the past 2, and recently has had success against the Huskies in the Coliseum. But traditionally, Trojan-Husky affairs are tight. USC--off to its best start in a decade--will be trying to protect some impressive win streaks: 15 overall games, 18 Coliseum games and 10 Pac-10 games. The Trojans are coming off a dominating victory over No. 15 Arizona State and now begin the second half of the regular season, during which they have been nearly unbeatable under head coach Pete Carroll. Troy is the nation's only team to upend 3 of this week's AP Top 25 teams. This year's USC team has been superior in many statistical categories than last year's national champ Trojans (despite playing one of the nation's toughest schedules). Heisman Trophy candidate QB Matt Leinart has started off better this year than he did last season...and he's doing it without his top 3 receivers from 2003 and behind a rebuilt offensive line. Super freshman WR Dwayne Jarrett compares favorably with Mike Williams' numbers as a frosh. The 'Thunder and Lightning' TBs (LenDale White and Reggie Bush) continue to be more than one-dimensional threats. USC's stingy defense--led by All-American candidates Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson at tackle and Matt Grootegoed and Lofa Tatupu at linebacker--is allowing less that 2 touchdowns and 300 yards a game while accumulating 18 takeaways and 29 sacks. USC's specialists--P Tom Malone and PK Ryan Killeen--have reached their strides. Washington, on the other hand, is off to its slowest start since 1973 (the last time USC faced a UW team with a losing record was 1976). The Huskies have used 3 different quarterbacks this season. UW has never beaten a No. 1 team. USC is on pace to break last year's home average attendance record, with another large crowd expected this week. The ADT National Championship Trophy will make a stop at the Coliseum and be displayed on the field. The 2005 class of the USC Athletic Hall of Fame will be announced at halftime. The game will be shown live nationally on FSN cable.

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