No. 1 USC Football Hosts Arizona In Homecoming Game

Nov. 8, 2004

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It's Homecoming at USC and the top-ranked, defending national champion Trojans host Arizona. A USC victory would lock up--at worst--a Rose Bowl berth for the Trojans (and give Troy its third consecutive Pac-10 title, a first since the late 1980s). And a USC win would be its 20th consecutive at home, tying the school record (set twice in the 1920s). Troy also is looking to extend several other winning streaks: 18 overall games (second longest in school history) and 13 Pac-10 games. The Wildcats, who are making their first visit to the Coliseum in 4 years, are the last team to beat a No. 1-ranked USC squad, pulling off a 3-point upset in Los Angeles in 1981. This is the first of USC's final 3 regular-season games, all of which will be played in Southern California. USC--enjoying its best start since 1988--is coming off a hard-fought victory in the fog and cold at Oregon State. The productive Trojan offense features a pair of Heisman Trophy candidates--QB Matt Leinart and do-everything TB Reggie Bush--plus such other talents as TB LenDale White, TE Dominique Byrd and WR Dwayne Jarrett. For the second week in a row, USC is ranked in the NCAA's Top 6 in every defensive statistical category, thanks to the likes of a quartet of All-American candidates: DTs Shaun Cody (a Lombardi semifinalist) and Mike Patterson and LBs Matt Grootegoed (a Butkus semifinalist) and Lofa Tatupu. Arizona, finding its way under new head coach Mike Stoops, snapped a 7-game losing streak with a win last Saturday at Washington. USC's 2004 Athens Olympians will be saluted at halftime. The game will be shown live nationally on FSN cable.