USC Football Hosts Stanford In 100th Anniversary Of Teams' First Meeting
Oct. 30, 2005
Top-ranked, 2-time defending national champion USC enters the crucial month of November--a month when head coach Pete Carroll has never lost a game in his 5 years at Troy--by hosting Stanford, the last team to beat the Trojans in the Coliseum (in 2001). It's the 100th anniversary of USC's first game against Stanford, Troy's oldest current rival. It's also the first time this season that USC will play consecutive games in the Coliseum, which could be sold out again. The Trojans own a number of impressive winning streaks: a Pac-10 record 30 overall games, a USC-record 24 home games, a school-record 20 Pac-10 games and a league-record 17 Pac-10 home games. USC has won 3 in a row over the Cardinal, but had to eke out a 3-point victory last year. USC steamrolled Washington State last week, its fourth game in 2005 with 50-plus points and its third with 700-plus yards of total offense. The Trojan offense ranks in the Top 5 nationally in every statistical category, including first in total offense (601.6) and scoring (49.8). It's an offense that is on track to have the first-ever unit with a 3,000-yard passer (Heisman Trophy QB Matt Leinart), a pair of 1,000-yard runner (TBs Reggie Bush and LenDale White, who are both showing up on Heisman projections) and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers (WRs Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith). Each of those players is ranked high in various categories in this week's NCAA stats. Troy's veteran o-line deserves lots of credit for the offensive production. USC's defense, coming off one of its best performances of the season, features such outstanding players as S Darnell Bing, DEs Frostee Rucker and Lawrence Jackson and LB Oscar Lua. Although Stanford, under new head coach Walt Harris, lost an overtime heartbreaker to UCLA last Saturday, it appears to have rebounded from a so-so start by winning 3 of its last 4 games. The Cardinal, undefeated on the road this season, features talented QB Trent Edwards and FL Mark Bradford on offense and ILB Kevin Schimmelmann on a defense that is nationally ranked in turnover margin. Harris was Carroll's position coach at Pacific and also coached Carroll's oldest son (USC assistant Brennan Carroll) at Pittsburgh. The game will be shown live nationally on TBS cable.
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