No. 2 USC Rolls Over Wildcats
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Mike Williams caught three touchdown passes to breakSouthern California's career record for scoring receptions - with two gamesleft in his sophomore season - and the second-ranked Trojans routed Arizona45-0 on Saturday night.
Williams caught 11 passes for 157 yards, including scoring plays of 15, 22and 26 yards, and didn't play the last 1ï¿½ quarters.
His three TD catches tied a school record, and gave him 26 in his 23-gamecollege career, breaking the USC career record of 25 touchdown receptions byKevin Williams from 1977-80.
It was one of several records broken as the Trojans (9-1, 5-1 Pac-10) tookanother step toward an appearance in the Sugar Bowl for the nationalchampionship.
Arizona (2-9, 1-6) was shut out for the first time in 146 games, dating to a54-0 loss at Washington on Oct. 5, 1991.
Matt Leinart completed 22 of 30 passes for 296 yards and four touchdownsbefore sitting down with 6ï¿½ minutes left in the third quarter. He ran hisstreak of consecutive passes without an interception to 165 and counting,breaking the school record of 147 set last season by Carson Palmer.
LenDale White ran 43 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the thirdquarter, his 11th TD of the season, breaking Charles White's freshman recordset in 1976.
Ryan Killeen's six extra points gives him 49 for the season, tying theschool record with home games remaining against UCLA and Oregon State.
All three of Williams' scoring catches came in the first half, when he had10 receptions for 150 yards and the Trojans built a 35-0 lead.
Williams didn't have the most spectacular catch, though.
That came from tight end Gregg Guenther Jr., who made a one-handed grab ofLeinart's 20-yard scoring pass while being hit by two defenders for USC's finalfirst-half touchdown.
Leinart completed six of seven passes for 99 yards in directing the Trojanson touchdown drives the first two times they had the ball.
The Trojans added three touchdowns in the second quarter, the last two in aspan of 1:03. A facemask and personal-foul penalty, on the same play, aidedUSC's five-play, 81-yard drive third touchdown drive, Leinert throwing 22 yardsto Williams to make it 21-0 with 10:59 to go in the half.
USC pinned the Wildcats inside their 1, and after the punt, got the ball onthe Arizona 26. Three plays later, Leinert threw to Williams for a 26-yardtouchdown to make it 28-0 with 4:42 left in the half.
Arizona's Steve Fleming fumbled and USC's Marcell Allmond recovered at theWildcats' 27 to set up Leinart's 20-yard TD pass to Guenther and it was 35-02:59 before halftime.
The Wildcats were at the USC 6 and 4 on their last two possessions of thefirst half but failed to score.
In the third quarter, the Trojans drove from their 6 to the Arizona 1 butfailed to score.
Will Poole intercepted two passes for USC in its second shutout of theseason. The Trojans beat Auburn 23-0 in their opener. USC was inside theArizona 10 three times in the second half without scoring. The Trojans took aknee at the Wildcats 6 to end the game.
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