Watch the 2001 USC-San Jose State Game On 'SC Classics'

Sept. 2, 2009

The start of Pete Carroll's glorious career as USC's football coach began on Sept. 1, 2001, in the Coliseum with a game against San Jose State...and now you can re-live that historic Trojan moment by watching a special free installment of 'SC Classics' on the Trojans All-Access platform of

Each week during the football season, 'SC Classics' will feature a memorable Trojan game against that week's opponent, with footage that can't be seen anywhere else.

Next week, 'SC Classics' will look back at the 1990 USC win at Ohio State, the last time the Trojans played in Columbus. A dramatic thunder and lightning storm wiped out the game's final two-and-a-half minutes.

This week's 2001 USC-San Jose State 'SC Classics,' narrated by Petros Papadakis and interspersed with commentary from Carroll, contains the original television footage that featured the play calls of USC Hall of Fame announcer Tom Kelly.

It offers a vivid glimpse of just how far the USC football program has come under Carroll, whose comments include his take on USC football then and now.

There were only 45,568 fans in the Coliseum to witness Carroll's debut in 2001 with a Trojan team that included such future stars as quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Troy Polamalu.

Tailback Sultan McCullough ran for 3 touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 21-10 victory over the Spartans. McCullough, who rushed for 167 yards on 25 carries, scored on runs of 14 yards in the first quarter, 35 yards in the second quarter and 7 yards in the fourth quarter. It was the most rushing yards by a Trojan in a season opener since Marcus Allen had 210 yards versus Tennessee in 1981.

San Jose State's only points came on a 37-yard field goal by placekicker Nick Gilliam at the first half gun and then tailback Deonce Whitaker--who was held to just 65 yards on 22 carries--ran 3 yards for a score with 6 minutes to play. Spartan qaurterback Marcus Arroyo was 20-of-37 for 213 yards, but was picked off twice.

Palmer was 21-of-28 for 213 yards (with an interception) and hit his first 9 aerials, while junior college transfer wide receiver Grant Mattos led Troy with 5 catches for a game-high 75 yards and fullback Charlie Landrigan added a career-best 4 grabs for 45 yards.

USC had 50 more total yards (378 to 328) than SJSU and the Trojans got 3 turnovers (interceptions by cornerback Chris Cash and defensive tackle Bernard Riley and a fumble recovery by safety DeShaun Hill). Linebacker Frank Strong led USC with 7 tackles and 2 deflections, while Polamalu added 6 stops.

'SC Classics' is one of several shows featured on's Trojans All-Access. Other exclusive programming includes 'Project Trojan,' the popular behind-the-scenes documentary about the 2009 USC football team, as well as 'The Playmakers' and 'Trojans Unplugged.' Nearly all of USC's home sporting events are also shown live on Trojans All-Access (and those events that are protected contractually from live coverage are replayed immediately upon their conclusion).

Also featured are daily post-practice reports, live coverage of Carroll's Tuesday and post-game press conferences and coverage of breaking news pertaining to Trojan athletics. All programming is archived for later viewing.

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