USC Football Returns Home To Host Washington State.

Oct. 23, 2005

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After playing 5 of its first 7 games on the road, USC now plays its 5 remaining regular season contests in California, with 4 of them at home. First up is Washington State visiting the Coliseum, where a sellout crowd is expected for USC's Homecoming celebration. Fifth-year Trojan head coach Pete Carroll is going after his 50th win at USC. The Trojans have won a Pac-10 record 29 consecutive overall games, a USC-record 23 home games, a school-record 19 Pac-10 games and a league-record 16 Pac-10 home games. Although the series with the Cougars has been decidedly in USC's favor, WSU has won 3 of the last 7 meetings. USC, which posted an easy 27-point win at Washington last Saturday, features an offense that tops the nation in total yards and scoring (and is seventh in rushing and passing). With Heisman Trophy QB Matt Leinart, TBs Reggie Bush (a Heisman frontrunner in 2005) and LenDale White and WRs Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith, USC's prolific offense is on track to have the first-ever unit with a 3,000-yard passer, a pair of 1,000-yard runners and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers. Leinart, who last week set the Pac-10 career touchdown pass record, needs a 200-yard outing to equal Carson Palmer's Pac-10 mark for career 200-yard games (31). Bush continues to lead the country in all-purpose running. Jarrett, just a sophomore, is within range of Mike Williams' USC records for career and season TD catches. The Trojan defense has proven among the nation's best against the run, but it will be challenged by Washington State. Coach Bill Doba's WSU team has slumped after opening 2005 at 3-0, having lost its last 4 games (surrendering fourth-quarter leads in 3 of them). But the Cougars have a dynamic offense that is nationally ranked across the board and features one of college's top runners (RB Jerome Harrison) and pass catchers (SE Jason Hill). Defensively, WSU has missed the leadership and play of recently-injured MLB Will Derting. The game will be shown live regionally on ABC-TV.

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