No. 4 USC Football Hosts Oregon State
Oct. 18, 2009
No. 4 USC returns home after nearly a month on the road and hosts recent nemesis Oregon State in the Trojans' only October game in the Coliseum. Although Troy holds a decided edge in its series with the Beavers, OSU has won 2 of the last 3 meetings and 3 times in the past 8 games. In fact, the Beavers were the only team to beat USC in 2008. But Oregon State hasn't been victorious in the Coliseum since 1960. The game is approaching a sellout and could be the largest crowd to ever see a USC-OSU contest. USC has captured its last 29 home night games, 11 home games and 8 Pac-10 home games. USC owns a streak of 7 consecutive Pac-10 titles, AP Top 4 finishes, BCS bowl trips and 11-win seasons. This is the 98th consecutive game the Trojans have been ranked in the AP Top 25, extending their school record. USC coming off its eighth consecutive win over Notre Dame, although what could've been a blowout in South Bend turned into a nailbiter. USC's Pete Carroll is college football's winningest active coach (85.3%). The Trojan defense--featuring 2-time All-American S Taylor Mays, LB Chris Galippo, sack-happy DEs Everson Griffen and Nick Perry, DT Jurrell Casey, S-CB Josh Pinkard and LB Michael Morgan--is ranked in the national Top 15 in every stat category. On the other side of the ball, USC is highly ranked nationally in total and passing offense behind the play of true freshman QB Matt Barkley, TB Joe McKnight, WR Damian Williams and TE Anthony McCoy, plus a veteran offensive line led by OG-C Jeff Byers and C Kristofer O'Dowd. Oregon State, with former USC assistant Mike Riley in his ninth season as head coach, has won its past 2 games, but had a bye last week. The multi-purpose and always-dangerous Rodgers brothers--TB Jacquizz and WR James--can strike as runners, receivers and returners for the Beavers. Both are Top 15-ranked in a number of national stat categories, including all-purpose running. Veteran QB Sean Canfield directs one of the Pac-10's top aerial attacks. Defensively, OSU is tough against the run, with LB Keaton Kristick the Pac-10 tackle co-leader. The game will be televised live regionally by ABC-TV.