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No. 6 USC Football Looks To Remain Unbeaten, Returns To Coliseum To Host Arizona State

Sep 26, 2022

UNDER THE COLISEUM LIGHTS

*After a thrilling 17-14 victory against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., the Trojans return home to the Coliseum to challenge Arizona State in another conference match up.

*Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT, and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

*The Trojans improve to No. 6 in the latest AP Poll.

OREGON STATE GAME RECAP

*RB Travis Dye was the offensive catalyst for the Trojans in USC's 17-14 win over Oregon State. He collected 133 rushing yards on 19 carries (7.0 avg.) and scored 1 TD.

*Dye has now had three consecutive 100-yard rushing games (102 yards versus Fresno State on 9/17 and 105 yards versus Stanford on 9/10).

*It is the first time in Dye's career that he has rushed for 100 yards in 3 straight games.

*Dye now has 10 career 100-yard rushing games.

*Dye has recorded over 90 yards rushing in all 5 career games versus Oregon State.

*Dye also had 1 reception for 9 yards.

*Dye is No. 6 in the nation in yards per carry with 7.35 and ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 Conference in the stat.

*QB Caleb Williams went 16-of-36 (.444) for 180 yards and 1 TD. He also rushed for 27 yards on 9 carries.

*Williams is now 4th in the nation for most consecutive pass attempts without an INT with 188 (11/27/21-9/24/22).

*WR Jordan Addison scored the only receiving TD on the night with his game-winning 21-yard reception with 1:13 left on the clock.

*He totaled 3 receptions for 42 yards.

*Addison is No. 4 in the nation in receiving TDs with 6 on the season, and is tied for first place in that stat in the Pac-12 Conference.

*WR Tahj Washington led the team with 6 receptions for 67 yards.

*USC is the only team in the nation to not commit a turnover in the 2022 season.

*Defensively, USC collected 4 INTs against the Beavers. ILB Eric Gentry, DB Max Williams, DB Mekhi Blackmon and DB Ceyair Wright each picked off Oregon State QB Chance Nolan.

*It was Blackmon and Williams' second INT of the season and Gentry and Wright's first-career INT.

*It's the first time USC has recorded multiple takeaways in 4 straight games since having multiple takeaways in 7 straight games to start 2012.

*It's the first time since 2015 that USC has had 3 games with 4 takeaways in a season.

*USC's defense leads the nation with 11 passes intercepted.

*The Trojans are also tied for first in the nation in defensive TDs with 3 and leads the conference in that stat.

*USC now has 69 points off turnovers this season (11 INTs and 3 fumble recoveries).

*ILB Eric Gentry decorated his stat sheet against Oregon State. He collected 8 tackles with 0.5 for loss for 4 yards.

*In the second quarter of the game, Gentry made a huge defensive play by picking off Beaver QB Chance Nolan. This turnover allowed the Trojan offense to drive down the field and set up USC's PK Denis Lynch to kick a 42-yard FG that put USC's first points on the board.

*Gentry recorded a pass breakup on Oregon State's final drive and also tipped Beaver QB Nolan's pass on the final play of the game that allowed USC DB Max Williams to intercept the ball to seal the Trojan victory.

*Gentry also tallied a quarterback hurry.

*ILB Shane Lee led the team with 12 tackles.

*USC held Oregon State to season lows in both receiving (167) and rushing (153) yards.

*PK Denis Lynch went 1-for-2 on FGs, hitting a 42-yarder. He was also perfect on PATs going 2-for-2.

*P Aadyn Sleep-Dalton recorded 4 punts for 14 yards. He averaged 41.0 yards per punt with a long of 45 yards. He pinned 2 punts inside the 20-yard line to force the Beavers deep into their own territory to begin their offensive drives.

*For the first time since 2010, USC went undefeated in the month of September.

ARIZONA STATE SCOUTING REPORT

*After ASU fired head coach Herm Edwards last week following the team's 21-30 loss to Eastern Michigan, the Sun Devils are now being led by interim head coach Shaun Aguano.

*In his first game as interim head coach, the Sun Devils lost 13-34 to No. 13 Utah at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. in the team's first Pac-12 Conference matchup.

*QB Emory Jones had a season-high 261 yards through the air going 21-of-36.

*WR Elijhah Badger had a team best 76 yards marking the fourth consecutive game he has collected at least 4 receptions.

*It was also the third consecutive game he's tallied 75-plus receiving yards.

*The only TD scored was an 11-yard pass to TE Messiah Swinson for his first career TD.

*K Carter Brown had 2 FGs (including a career-long 47-yarder and has been perfect the entire season (6-for-6).

*DB Khoury Bethley led the team with 14 tackles – tying his single game career-high. He also had a forced fumble.

*Utah dominated the time of possession with 35:33.

*The Ute defense subdued the Sun Devils' ground attack by limiting Arizona State to just 6 net rushing yards and collected 2 INTs.

*On the season, QB Jones is 66-of-110 (60%) for 3 TDs with 2 INTs.

*WR Badger leads the aerial attack with 22 receptions for 293 yards and 1 TD.

*RB Xazavian Valladay leads the team with 391 rushing yards on 60 attempts and 4 TDs.

*WR Giovanni Sanders has 10 receptions for 164 yards

*WR Andre Johnson and TE Messiah Swinson also have scored receiving TDs

*K Brown has 7 FGs and is 10-for-10 on PATs in 2022.

*On the defensive side of the ball, LB Kyle Soelle leads the team with 51.0 total tackles (with 0.5 for loss) and 2 INTs and 1 QBH.

*LB Merlin Robertson and DL Anthonie Cooper each have 1 sack for 7 yards and 9 yards, respectively.

*DB Chris Edmonds, DB Timarcis Davis and DB Kejuan Markham each have collected an INT. Edmonds, Davis, Markham and Soelle have collectively totaled 5 INTs in 2022.

RANKINGS

*USC is ranked No. 6 in the latest AP Poll and 6th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Arizona State is not ranked.

SERIES

*USC holds a 23-14 edge in its series with Arizona State (not including Troy's 2005 road victory later vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record 24-14). USC has won 5 of the past 7 meetings. But before that, the Trojans dropped 3 of the previous 4 after having won the prior 10 games (not including Troy's 2005 road victory later vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record 11), the longest win streak in the series.

*In 2020 during the last meeting in the Coliseum, QB Kedon Slovis threw a pair of fourth down touchdown passes in the game's final 3 minutes. The first was 26 yards to WR Bru McCoy with 2:52 to go that tipped off of WR Amon-Ra St. Brown's hands. After McCoy recovered the ensuing onside kick, the second was a 21-yarder that WR Drake London snagged over 2 defenders with 1:20 to play to help No. 20 USC dramatically come back to beat Arizona State, 28-27, in its twice-delayed 2020 season opener. The 13-point fourth quarter deficit was the largest that the Trojans overcame since a 14-point spread against Penn State in the 2017 Rose Bowl. It was USC's first one-point victory since beating Arizona State in 2010. Because the COVID-19 pandemic twice delayed the Pac-12's season start, it was the latest USC began a season since 1918. The game kicked off at 9 a.m., the earliest for a USC home game since at least the early 1950s. It was the first time USC opened a season against a league opponent since 1994. It also was the first time that USC began a season with its Homecoming game.

*In games played in the Coliseum, USC leads the series, 12-6.

*Last year in Tempe, ASU's RB Rachaad White ran for 2 of his 3 touchdowns in the fourth quarter en route to a 200-yard rushing performance and help host Arizona State post a 31-16 victory over USC under the lights in Tempe before a sold-out crowd of 53,926 and an ESPN audience. USC used 2 quarterbacks with mixed results. QB Kedon Slovis was 16-of-28 for 131 yards as the starter and QB Jaxson Dart was 8-of-17 for 89 yards off the bench while playing 5 of the Trojans' 12 series. Both threw an interception. WR Tahj Washington had a career-high and game-best 9 receptions for 78 yards and WR Gary Bryant Jr. added 6 catches for 64 yards as USC played its first game without star WR Drake London, who broke his ankle the previous outing. RB Keaontay Ingram ran for 54 yards on 14 carries. See page 4 for a complete recap of that most recent matchup.

*USC has won 69.7% (484-202-29) of its games against current Pac-12 opponents (does not include 9 wins later vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 493-202-29, 70.1%).

IN OCTOBER

*USC has a 313-124-19 (.707) all-time record while playing in the month of October (not including 5 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty; revised record: 318-124-19, .710). AT NIGHT

*USC is 185-75-4 (.708) at night, including 109-35-4 in the Coliseum, 61-32 on the road and 15-8 at neutral sites. (Does not include 5 wins and 1 loss vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 190-76-4, .709 overall, 112-35-4 in the Coliseum, 17-9 at neutral sites, USC had a school-record 32-game win streak at home at night from 1997 to 2010). VERSUS PAC-12 CONFERENCE

USC-ARIZONA STATE CONNECTIONS

*USC has 5 players from Arizona (DB Jacobe Covington of Saguaro HS, DB Daniel Jimenez-Fulton of Chandler HS, OL AJ Mageo of Red Mountain HS, OL Andrew Milek of Brophy Prep and WR Brenden Rice of Hamilton HS) while the Sun Devils have 34 Californians.

*USC DB Max Williams' brother, Macen, is a redshirt sophomore defensive back at Arizona State.

*USC ILB Eric Gentry transferred to USC in the fall of 2022 from Arizona State, where he was a 2021 consensus Freshman All-American first teamer (Football Writers, ESPN.com, Maxwell Football Club, Pro Football Focus, 24/7Sports.com. Pro Football Network) as a Sun Devil.

*USC DL Solomon Byrd was college teammates with ASU RB Xazavian Valladay at Wyoming.

*USC ILB Shane Lee was college teammates with ASU QB Paul Tyson at Alabama.

*USC DB Mekhi Blackmon and WR Brenden Rice were college teammates with ASU DB Tarik Luckett at Colorado.

*USC RUSH Romello Height was college teammates with ASU DB Ro Torrence at Auburn.

*USC DB Joshua Jackson Jr. was high school teammates with ASU DB Macen Williams at Narbonne high school.

*USC DB Anthony Beavers Jr. was high school teammates with Isaiah Johnson at St. Bernard high school.

*USC WR Terrell Bynum, ILB Ralen Goforth, TE Jude Wolfe, RB Matt Colombo, P Will Rose and DL Kobe Pepe were teammates with ASU LB Jacob Jornadal.

*USC DB Max Williams and WR John Jackson III were high school teammates with ASU LB Merlin Robertson and QB Daylin McLemore at Serra High School.

*OL Mason Murphy was high school teammates with ASU DB Tarik Luckett at Junipero Serra Catholic High School.

*WR Ty Shamblin and P/PK Garth White were high school teammates with ASU LB Dylan DeVito at Oaks Christian High School.

*WR Brenden Rice's stepfather Rick Cunningham played for the Arizona Cardinals from 1992-94.

*USC WR John Jackson III's father, John Jr., was a wide receiver with the Phoenix Cardinals (1990-92).

*USC ILB Ralen Goforth's brother, Randall, was a defensive back with the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football in 2019.

*USC ILB Micah Croom's brother, Larry Jr., played for the Arizona Cardinals (2004-05).

*ASU linebackers coach Chris Claiborne lettered 3 years (1996-98) at linebacker for USC, where he was a unanimous All-American and won the Butkus Award in 1998 and then was a Trojan offensive quality control analyst in 2020.

*ASU assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum was an assistant at USC in 1998 and 1999.

*ASU women's tennis coach Sheila McInerney was a four-time All-American at USC from 1977-1980, winning three national championships. McInerney also served as assistant women's tennis coach during the 1983-84 season, where USC was a NCAA finalist.

*USC Athletics' Director of Web Content & Development Josh Nacion is a graduate of Arizona State.

FULL GAME NOTES (PDF)