No. 1 USC Football Goes To Washington For First Pac-10 Road Game

Sept. 23, 2007

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Top-ranked USC heads to Seattle for its first Pac-10 road game of 2007. The series with Washington usually features close outcomes. The Trojans are just a game over .500 in their games in Seattle, where rain is always a possibility. However, the Huskies have only beaten a No. 1 team once in 10 tries, including 6 losses to USC. Troy has won its past 13 September contests. It's USC's first night game against the Huskies in Seattle. USC head coach Pete Carroll, the nation's winningest active coach, has directed the Trojans to 5 consecutive AP Top 4 finishes, BCS bowl trips, Pac-10 titles and 11-win seasons. Troy has been in the AP Top 10 for its last 59 games. USC is off to a fast start in 2007, including a 33-point home win last week over Washington State. USC QB John David Booty, a Heisman Trophy contender who is completing 70% of his aerials, had a 4-touchdown outing last weekend, with 2 TDs going to TE Fred Davis, who vaulted into Mackey Award consideration (his 124 receiving yards were the most ever by a Trojan tight end and his 9 catches were 1 shy of the USC tight end record). Booty directs a unit that is in the national top 25 in rushing, scoring and total offense. The Trojans' offense also features a group of good tailbacks, a line that is anchored by 2-time All-American OT Sam Baker and also starts true freshman C Kristofer O'Dowd, and a young but improving receiving corps led by WR Patrick Turner. USC's defense features All-American DT Sedrick Ellis and sackmeister DE Lawrence Jackson on the line, the nation's premier linebacking corps in Keith Rivers (a leading Butkus Award candidate), Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing and a secondary featuring S Taylor Mays (who is returning to his hometown for the first time), CB Terrell Thomas and S Kevin Ellison. The Trojan defense is top 25 nationally in rushing and total defense. After starting off 2-0 in 2007, Washington has dropped its past 2 games, including its Pac-10 opener last week at UCLA. Washington will be wearing throwback jerseys to honor their 1960 team that was named national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation. UW head coach Tyrone Willingham only has beaten USC 4 times in 12 tries at 3 schools. Exciting redshirt freshman QB Jake Locker is the team's top passer AND rusher. Other offensive threats include TB Louis Rankin and WRs Anthony Russo and Marcel Reece. Washington's defense is led by the likes of LBs E.J. Savannah and Donald Butler, CB Roy Lewis and DE Greyson Gunheim. The game will be shown live nationally on ABC-TV.