Trojan Offense Measuring Up Well

Sept. 26, 2006

The beginning of what was to become perhaps the most potent scoring machine in NCAA history - the 2005 Trojans - had its humble beginnings in 2003, when first-time starting quarterback Matt Leinart and true freshmen tailbacks Reggie Bush and LenDale White were just getting started.

But compared to the 2003 offense's first three games, the 2006 Trojans, led by first-year starting quarterback John David Booty and a backfield made up chiefly of first-year contributors, have posted strikingly superior numbers in most categories.

Through its first three games, today's Trojans offense is averaging more rushing yards (178.7 to 119.3), passing yards (238.7 to 227.0) and total offense (417.3 to 346.3) and has scored the same amount of touchdowns (12) compared to the 2003 version.

'We've tried to be realistic where we would be at this point of the season, and we're well ahead of those expectations,' Coach Pete Carroll said. 'I'm really happy with the progress we've made so far.'

Additionally, USC's 2006 defense is statically better through its first three games than any of the previous three Trojan teams. USC's numbers for pass defense (156.7) and total defense (217.3) are all substantially lower through three games than any of the past three seasons and only the 2004 Trojans had a better scoring defense (7.7) than the 2006 version (9.0).

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