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The Trojan Express!

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  1. MorsDraconis

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    Jun 9, 2009
    The Trojan Express!

    Southern California 2009 Season Stats

    Name Pos Comp Att Yds TD INT QBR
    Aaron Corp QB 225 354 3483 35 15 170.4
    Mitch Mustain QB 16 22 240 4 3 197.1
    Garrett Green QB 7 10 92 2 2 173.3

    Name Pos Att Yds Avg TD Fum
    Joe McKnight RB 220 1096 4.9 11 6
    Stafon Johnson RB 155 786 5.0 3 1
    Garrett Green QB 14 60 4.2 0 0
    CJ Gable RB 7 33 4.7 2 0
    Stanley Havali FB 12 27 2.2 0 0
    Mitch Mustain QB 3 -5 -1.6 0 0
    Aaron Corp QB 59 -58 -0.9 1 1
    Allen Bradford RB - - - - -

    Name Pos Rec Yds Avg TD Fum Drops
    Damian Williams WR 75 1315 17.5 11 0 7
    Ronald Johnson WR 52 623 11.9 8 0 6
    David Ausberry WR 39 656 16.8 11 0 6
    Travon Patterson WR 21 305 14.5 1 0 0
    Anthony McCoy TE 17 300 17.6 1 0 3
    Stafon Johnson RB 17 157 9.2 1 0 0
    Stanley Havali FB 9 121 13.4 4 0 0
    Brandon Carswell WR 7 146 20.8 3 0 1
    Rhett Ellison TE 7 178 25.4 2 0 1
    Joe McKnight RB 4 23 5.7 0 0 0
    Brice Butler WR - - - - - -
    CJ Gable RB - - - - - -
    Allen Bradford RB - - - - - -

    Name Pos TAK TFL
    Taylor Mays FS 108 15
    Malcolm Smith LB 66 12
    Everson Griffen DE 65 31
    Josh Pinkard SS 61 4
    Armond Armstead DE 58 26
    Chris Galippo LB 54 10
    Averell Spicer DT 50 16
    TJ Bryant CB 46 1
    Kevin Thomas CB 39 2
    Will Harris SS 38 2
    Marshall Jones CB 33 0
    Michael Morgan LB 33 3
    Shareece Wright CB 22 2
    Uona Kaveinga LB 20 3
    Jawanza Starling FS 18 0
    Jordan Campbell LB 14 0
    Christian Tupou DT 13 2
    Luther Brown LB 7 0
    Wes Horton DE 4 2
    Malik Jackson DE 3 1
    Hebron Fangupo DT 3 1
    Derek Simmons DT - -

    Name Pos Sacks
    Everson Griffen DE 19
    Armond Armstead DE 9
    Averell Spicer DT 8
    Malcolm Smith LB 3
    Chris Galippo LB 3
    Wes Horton DE 2
    Christian Tupou DT 1
    Malik Jackson DE -
    Hebron Fangupo DT -
    Derek Simmons DT -
    Michael Morgan LB -
    Jordan Campbell LB -
    Luther Brown LB -
    Uona Kaveinga LB -
    Shareece Wright CB -
    Kevin Thomas CB -
    Will Harris SS -
    TJ Bryant CB -
    Marshall Jones CB -
    Taylor Mays FS -
    Jawanza Starling FS -
    Josh Pinkard SS -

    Name Pos Int Dfl
    Will Harris SS 3 3
    Malcolm Smith LB 3 2
    Chris Galippo LB 3 5
    Josh Pinkard SS 3 3
    Taylor Mays FS 2 5
    Shareece Wright CB 2 8
    Averell Spicer DT 1 0
    TJ Bryant CB 1 7
    Kevin Thomas CB 1 5
    Michael Morgan LB 1 3
    Everson Griffen DE - 1
    Malik Jackson DE - -
    Wes Horton DE - -
    Armond Armstead DE - -
    Christian Tupou DT - -
    Hebron Fangupo DT - -
    Derek Simmons DT - -
    Jordan Campbell LB - -
    Luther Brown LB - -
    Uona Kaveinga LB - -
    Marshall Jones CB - -
    Jawanza Starling FS - -

    Punt and Kick Return Yards
    TJ Bryant CB 630 0 9.4 524 0 24.9
    CJ Gamble HB 37 0 12.3 497 0 24.8
    David Ausberry WR 0 0 0 1 0 1.0

    Kicking Stats
    Name Pos FG Att FG Made Long
    Joe Houston K 20 23 47
    Jacob Harfman P 0 1 0

    Punting Stats
    Name Pos Punts Yards Avg Net Yards Net Avg TB IN 20 Long
    Jacob Harfman P 33 1400 42.4 1193 36.1 7 11 54

  2. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    Southern California 2009 Season Schedule

    Week Date Team Result
    1 9/5 @ #8 Penn State W 24-21
    2 9/12 #7 Ohio State (Sixthdis108) W 33-13
    3 9/19 @ Washington W 41-0
    4 9/26 Washington State W 54-14
    5 10/3 @ #15 Cal W 48-31
    6 - Bye Week -
    7 - Bye Week -
    8 10/24 Oregon State W 45-7
    9 10/31 @ #12 Oregon (Maxattax34) L 28-31*
    10 11/7 @ Arizona State W 38-7
    11 11/14 Stanford W 37-10
    12 11/21 @ #6 Alabama (Papa Perry) W 49-7
    13 11/28 UCLA 42-10
    14 12/5 Arizona 38-20
    Orange Bowl 1/3 Houston 52-14

    Cyan = Pac 10 game
    SeaGreen = Cal - USC rivalry game
    Orange = UCLA - USC rivalry game (Battle for Liberty Bell)
    * = Denotes Game Summary Provided by User Opponent
  3. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    2009 Southern California Recruiting Board

    Name Pos Pos Ranking Caliber Commitment
    Shannon Jones ATH
    :5stars: Committed
    John Stephens WR
    :5stars: Committed
    Dustin Young DT
    :5stars: Committed
    Spencer Clemons OT
    :4stars: Committed
    Dedrick Jackson CB
    :4stars: Committed
    Lance Johnson OC
    :4stars: Committed
    Mike Harris OG
    :4stars: Committed
    Quincy Porter OLB
    :3stars: Committed
    Kevin Jennings TE
    :3stars: Committed
    Kyle Silva ATH
    :3stars: Committed
    Melvin Campbell WR
    :2stars: Committed
    Marvin Love ATH
    :2stars: Offered

  4. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009

    New Season Brings New Faces For USC

    With another QB graduating from USC, Pete Carroll will yet again have an unproven QB in redshirt Sophomore Aaron Corp leading the USC offense.

    Not only will he have a new QB at the helm, but he will have a new Offensive Coordinator as well. Coach Mors joined the team as the Assistant Head Coach of the Offense and Quarterbacks Coach in January.

    Coach Mors has been a part of several different Football Bowl Subdivision teams in his career, including stints with Akron, Navy, and Michigan State for a total of 6 seasons. All as either offensive coordinator or head coach.

    Coach Mors brings a smashmouth style to the West Coast style that USC has used since Pete Carroll took over.

    "With his varied background, we hope to continue our potent offensive prowess by adding more of a run first attitude to our team," said Carroll.

    "It's an honor to be a part of such a prestigious program. It's been my dream to coach at one of the best schools in the country and my chance to do so is finally here," Mors said.

    To comment on this article, visit www.dailytrojan.com or e-mail Kurt at khenderson@usc.edu. (website real - email address fake)
  5. MorsDraconis

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    Jun 9, 2009

    USC Gets First Commit Of In-Season Recruiting

    A day from the beginning of the season, USC has already gotten their first commit of the 2009 recruiting class. Dedrick Jackson is a 5'11" 167 pound corner prospect from Arcadia, California.

    Scout.com had this to say about the four star prospect:

    "Mr. Jackson brings incredible speed to the table, having been clocked at running the 40 in 4.34 seconds (one of three corners of this year's prospects to have been timed at that time). While he lacks the size to be a physical corner, he certainly makes the most of his abilities when it comes to press man coverage. Jackson certainly won't be fighting for jump balls with tall receivers, but he still definitely has the ability to knock some balls loose. While it will take some time for him to learn the game in college, he definitely has the raw materials to step into a nickle corner role as a freshman."

    "USC is always excited to have the hometown kids stay in the state," coach Carroll said.

    "Ever since I meet coach Carroll at one of his summer camps, I've wanted to come to USC. Staying close to home was always going to be a big part in my decision on which school I went to and being so close to home by going to USC is definitely a plus," said Jackson.

    To comment on this article, visit www.dailytrojan.com or e-mail Kurt at khenderson@usc.edu. (website real - email address fake)
  6. MorsDraconis

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    Jun 9, 2009
    Trojans Outlast Nittney Lions In Happy Valley

    In what proved to be a game of field position, turnovers, and, in the end, stifling defenses, USC outlasted a defensive battle in Happy Valley, coming away with a 24-21 win.

    USC held on to a slim three point lead after being up 24-14 with a little over two minutes left only to see Penn State's offense march right down the field to score a TD and put the game within a FG of going to overtime.

    Fortunately for the Trojans, they were able to put the game on the back of the offensive line and halfback Joe McKnight to run out the clock and hold on to the slim lead.

    Offensive Player of the Game
    Damian Williams - 4 Rec, 72 yards, 2 TDs

    Defensive Player of the Game
    Taylor Mays - 13 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 Deflection

    Score 24 21
    First Downs 19 18
    Total Offense 431 440
    Rushes-Yards-TD 33-128-0 33-141-1
    Comp-Att-TD 21-41-3 24-35-2
    Passing Yards 303 299
    3rd Down Conv 5-13 (38%) 4-11 (36%)
    4th Down Conv 1-1 (100%) 0-3 (0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0 (0%) 0-0 (0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 4-2-1 (75%) 6-3-0 (50%)
    Turnovers 3 2
    Fumbles Lost 0 0
    Intercepted 3 2
    PR Yards 21 7
    KR Yards 81 115
    Total Yards 533 562
    Punts-Average 4-40.3 2-42.5
    Penalties-Yards 2-28 0-0
    T.O.P. 15:00 13:00

    Player Stats

    Name Comp Att Yards TD INT Rating
    A. Corp 21 41 303 3 3 122.8

    Name Att Yards Avg TD
    J. McKnight 25 135 5.4 0

    Name Rec Yards TD
    R.Johnson 6 67 0
    D. Williams 4 72 2
    A. McCoy 3 38 0
    R. Ellison 3 87 1
    D. Ausberry 3 28 0
    S. Havili 1 6 0
    J. McKnight 1 5 0

    Offensive Coordinator Mors' comments on today's game:
    "It was one hell of a game. These types of games are what college football is all about. I couldn't be more proud of our team's resiliency in the face of such a tough opponent.

    Joe McKnight on his performance today:
    "It was really something today to have the type of performance on the ground that we did against an opponent like Penn State. Their defense is one of the best in the nation and to break 100 yards rushing against them like I did; well, that's a damn good feeling. Couldn't have done it without the guys making the killer blocks that they did though."
  7. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    Trojans Leave The Shoe with Important Win


    Trojans traveled to Columbus to play Ohio State for just the eighth time in school history and tie the away part of the series up at four games apiece with another very resounding win.

    The USC offense was on display as they passed over and ran through the vaunted Buckeye defense; amassing 513 yards of total offense (330 passing and 183 rushing) by the time they were done.

    Redshirt Sophomore QB Aaron Corp had the best game of his career, completing 77% of his passes for 330 yards and a TD. While he did get sacked twice, severely skewing his rushing yard total at the end, he did make a few important scrambles to keep drives alive or in the positive yardage area.

    Along with Corp, Joe McKnight had another outstanding game against another Big 10 opponent. Carrying the ball 21 times, he amassed 129 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and ran the ball in twice for a touchdown from inside the 5 yard line.

    Wide receiver Ronald Johnson was the recipient of Corp's only passing touchdown on a play action pass from inside the 5 yard line as well. Along with his touchdown reception, Johnson hauled in 8 receptions for 106 yards receiving. Star receiver Damian Williams had 5 receptions for 79 yards.

    Along with them, redshirt junior receiver Travon Patterson caught his first two balls of the 2009 season, and both were incredibly important ones.

    Late in the 2nd half, tied at 13 apiece, USC received the ball with just 1:02 left on the clock at their 20 yard line after Ohio State kicker Aaron Pettrey made a 52 yard field goal. After a 2nd down 7 yard reception by David Ausberry to make it 3rd and 3, Corp made a spectacular throw on a slant route with the Ohio State defensive players barreling down on him that Patterson was on the receiving end of to convert the first down. Not only did Patterson made that all important conversion, but he then made momentum changing over the shoulder catch 40 yards down the field to put USC in field goal range to go into the half up 16-13.

    USC would then come out in the 3rd quarter with the game squarely in their control. USC would score 20 unanswered points to put the game away 33-13.

    Offensive Player Of The Game
    Joe McKnight - 21 carries, 129 yards, and 2 TDs

    Defensive Player Of The Game
    Armond Armstead - 5 tackles, 3 TFL, and 3 sacks

    USC Bucks
    Score 33 13
    First Downs 23 9
    Total Offense 513 200
    Rushes-Yards-TD 35-183-2 22-76-1
    Comp-Att-TD 21-27-1 9-18-0
    Passing Yards 330 124
    3rd Down Conv 6-10 (60%) 1-7 (14%)
    4th Down Conv 0-0 (0%) 0-1 (0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0 (0%) 0-0 (0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 6-3-3 (100%) 0-0-0 (0%)
    Turnovers 0 1
    Fumbles Lost 0 0
    Intercepted 0 1
    PR Yards 2 5
    KR Yards 80 176
    Total Yards 595 381
    Punts-Average 1-49.0 3-45.3
    Penalties-Yards 2-25 1-5
    T.O.P. 18:31 9:52

    Player Stats

    Name Comp Att Yards TD INT Rating
    A.Corp 21 27 330 1 0 192.6

    Name Att Yards Avg TD
    J.McKnight 21 129 6.1 2
    S.Johnson 8 46 5.7 0

    Name Rec Yards TD
    R.Johnson 8 106 1
    D.Williams 5 79 0
    A.McCoy 4 86 0
    T.Patterson 2 47 0
    D.Ausberry 1 7 0
    J.McKnight 1 5 0

    Offensive Coordinator Mors on the game against the Buckeyes:
    "Our offense was impressive as hell today. We whooped up on a damn good team. I couldn't be more proud of the maturity that Aaron showed today and Joe showed that he is the feature back for us; no doubt about it."
  8. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009

    USC Commitments Start Rolling In

    The Trojans added another player to their 2009 recruiting class, Lance Johnson. The 6'1" 311 pound center from Palm Springs, California was the number 2 center in the nation coming out of high school.

    Scout.com had this to say about Mr. Johnson:

    "Lance Johnson is one of those pure players that are rarely seen in college football anymore. He would be a player that would truly lack nothing in his game if it wasn't that he's slightly less able to run block as well as he pass blocks. His hip snap is sound and his hand placement is textbook. While he does lack the ferocity that some coaches would want in their anchor on the offensively line, his technique and size will make up for it."

    "The bright lights of the college stage and the history of the Southern California program is something that could attract any high school player in California." said Johnson. "Being a part of the PAC 10, one of the most prestigious conferences in college football, and Southern Cal, one of the most prestigious schools in the country, were just a natural fit for me."

    With this signing, that bring the USC class of 2009 up to two four star commitments; both from the state of California.
  9. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    USC's Trip To Seattle A Bright Spot On An Otherwise Rainy Day

    In what everyone expected to be a blowout, was, in fact, a blow out. 41-0 was the final as the gun sounded.

    Surprisingly though, Aaron Corp struggled against the Huskies defense, going only 10-19 for 137 yards and one touchdown. It was the legs of the USC rushing attack and the brute strength of the USC offensive line that would win the day for them. 202 yards of rushing offense (172 of it from Joe McKnight) taking an extra 9 minutes off the clock to seal the victory.

    The Trojan defense was in full effect as they held the Washington offense to an embarrassing 100 total yards, including just 25 yards from their feature back Polk and -30 yards from the talented Jake Locker. Locker went 9-25 for a measly 105 yards and threw two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns by the USC defense, including a 23 yard rumble by defensive tackle Averell Spicer that would make any true football fan smile.

    "We just had a lot of fun out there today," said Spicer. "Coach always tells us to try to have fun; to work hard and execute, but, above all else, have fun and that's just what we did."

    "Hell, it's always a great day when light up the stat board like I was able to today and that interception was just gravy on an already large helping of mash potatoes."

    Scoring Summary
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT
    USC 21 10 3 7 - 41
    WASH 0 0 0 0 - 0

    Column 1 Column 2
    First Quarter
    4:20 TD USC: J. McKnight, 3 Yd run (J. Houston kick)
    2:35 TD USC: R. Johnson, 10 Yd pass from A. Corp (J. Houston kick)
    0:00 TD USC: J. McKnight, 7 Yd run (J. Houston kick)
    Second Quarter
    4:12 FG USC: J. Houston, 24 Yd FG
    3:55 TD USC: A. Spicer, returned interception 23 Yds (J. Houston kick)
    Third Quarter
    4:46 FG USC: J. Houston, 42 Yd FG
    Fourth Quarter
    4:47 TD USC: M. Smith, returned interception 46 Yds (J. Houston kick)

    Offensive Player Of The Game
    Joe McKnight - 37 carries, 172 yards, 2 TDs

    Defensive Player Of The Game
    Averell Spicer - 8 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT returned 23 yards for a TD

    USC Wash
    Score 41 0
    First Downs 19 5
    Total Offense 345 100
    Rushes-Yards-TD 48-208-2 26-(-5)-0
    Comp-Att-TD 10-19-1 9-25-0
    Yards 137 105
    3rd Down Conv 8-15 (53%) 3-14 (21%)
    4th Down Conv 0-0 (0%) 0-0 (0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0 (0%) 0-0 (0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 4-3-1 (100%) 1-0-0 (0%)
    Turnovers 1 2
    Fumbles Lost 1 0
    Interceptions 0 2
    PR Yards 81 0
    KR Yards 29 175
    Total Yards 455 275
    Punts-Average 4-32.8 9-33.9
    Penalties-Yards 1-15 0-0
    T.O.P. 19:13 10:20

    Player Stats

    Name Comp Att Yards TD INT Rating
    A.Corp 10 19 137 1 0 130.5

    Name Att Yards Avg TD
    J.McKnight 37 172 4.6 2
    S.Johnson 9 52 5.7 0

    Name Rec Yards TD
    D.Williams 6 106 0
    R.Johnson 3 31 1

  10. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    USC Whoops Up On Washington State At Home

    54-14 was the score.

    Joe McKnight had 45 carries for 199 yards and a TD.

    Aaron Corp only threw the ball 13 times - completing 9 of them for 124 yards, a TD and an interception.

    The game was never in question as 4 defensive scores would make the game 51-7 before the 4th quarter even started.
  11. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    Cal A Budding Rivalry - USC Gets W - Loses McKnight For Season

    In what's sure to continue to be a big game each season, USC squeaked by the Cal Bears 48-31.

    Damiam Williams had a career day, catching 9 passes for 162 yards and 2 TDs.

    The USC running game struggled and by struggled I of course mean that McKnight only got 13 carries for 79 yards and 2 TDs. Unfortunately, USC would lose McKnight for the better part of the season as he went down in the 2nd quarter with what would later be diagnosed as an Abdominal tear which is likely to put him out until the post season if USC is lucky. This is a very big blow for USC.

    Corp was the main momentum behind the USC engine on offense as he threw for a career high 381 yards and 3 TDs.

    In the end, it would be the defense for USC that would win them the game, holding Cal to just 7 points in the 4th quarter and allowing USC's offense to pull away.

    Offensive Coordinator Mors on McKnight's Condition
    "It's definitely an abdominal tear and he's definitely out for the remainder of the season, unless he heals up quicker than anticipated. While it is a big blow to our backfield, there are other guys to step up. That's one of the good things about being at a school like USC."
  12. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009

    USC Team Has Two Bye Weeks, Recruiting Doesn't Take Time Off

    USC's recruiting team has been on fire recently. After only two in-season commitments in the first 4 weeks, they sign on 4 more players after the impressive win against Cal and the ensuing two weeks off.

    First up on the list are two extremely impressive five star recruits in athlete Shannon Jones from Walnut Creek, California and wide receiver John Stephens from La Mesa, California.

    Both are high caliber recruits that many other schools seemed to not be too interested in, but boy USC was interested. And why wouldn't they be?

    "Jones is the type of athlete that every school is going to want on their team. 6'1" and 187 pounds, he has the frame to play either RB or WR. His speed is nearly unmatched in the class with his incredibly 40 time of 4.38 seconds and his bench press of 354 puts him right around where some of the best HBs in the class are at. While he lacks some of the instincts of full time HBs, he has the raw abilities to be a true difference maker in the backfield for a team very soon."

    Is what Scout.com had to say about Jones and this is what they had to say about Stephens:

    "Stephens is a rare breed at WR. With a 40 time of 4.36, a vertical of 32.7", and the ability to make even the hardest of catches look easy, he's expected to be a premier receiver early in his collegiate career. While it appears as though his ability to bring down the tough catch inside isn't always as good as you'd like to see, he definitely has the ability to make a team pay for playing up on him."

    Along with Stephens and Jones, USC also added four star offensive tackle Spencer Clemons from Pass Christian, Mississippi. An unlikely place for USC to get a player from considering they haven't had to go far out of state for several years in recruiting to replenish their numbers. Scout.com had this to say about Clemons:

    "One of the most impressive runblocking tackles in this year's class, Clemons is going to be a great asset to a team that's looking to shore up their strong side runblocking without dropping much in the way of pass protection. With a bench press of 480, a squat of 665, and the fundamentals that he displayed his junior and senior seasons in high school, he will be quite the prize for a team looking to shore up their strong side."

    Along with Clemons, USC had addition to their 2010 recruiting class. This time, it was OLB Quincy Porter from Tyler, Texas. Never one to shay away from recruiting in the hotbed that is Texas, USC snatched up the three star outside linebacker early. Scout.com had this to say about the youngster:

    "Porter is raw, but certainly doesn't lack speed. Running a 4.48 at 6'2" 229, he has the speed and range to where he could make the move to safety almost seamlessly. A talented RB/LB in high school in Texas, he broke several school records his senior season, including most sacks in a career with a stunning 75 sacks in just three years of varsity football. While he is definitely raw, he has tremendous upside and his ability to play either LB or Safety is going to be a huge drawing point for quite a few schools."

    To comment on this article, visit www.dailytrojan.com or e-mail Kurt at khenderson@usc.edu. (website real - email address fake)
  13. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    WR Damian Williams Breaks School Records In USC Win

    USC came out firing against Oregon State and didn't let up until the game was well out of reach, ultimately winning the game 45-7.

    Damian Williams broke not one but two school records in his amazing, Heisman worthy performance and QB Aaron Corp broke another school record on to his best outing of his career.

    Damian Williams - 16 receptions for 347 yards and 3 TDs

    Aaron Corp - 25/35 for 464 yards 5 TDs and 2 INTs

    Stafon Johnson - 14 rushing attempts for 104 yards and 1 TD
  14. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Game is realistic, USC beats up on ranked teams but watch out for someone like Stanford or one of the Washington teams :).
  15. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    Well I already demolished both Washington teams but man, Stanford is no joke. They have some seriously good young talent on their team.

    As I said before, if we weren't going with the best of the best, I would have went with Stanford.
  16. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    Short Summary of Last Three Games

    The last three games have certainly defined the Trojans' season.

    USC 28 - Oregon 31

    First, they traveled to The Zoo to play Oregon where they feel 31-28 on a last second field goal by the Ducks' kicker from 37 yards out.

    In that game, the USC offense played terribly, turning the ball over 3 times, all leading to scores for the Ducks.

    USC 38 - Arizona State 7

    Their next road game took them to The House of Heat to play Arizona State. USC won easily 38-7, but this was the first game where coach Carroll actually benched Corp in favor of backup Mustain.

    Corp was lousy this game, completing just 15 of 27 and while he did throw 3 TDs, he also threw 3 INTs. Mustain wasn't much better, throwing 2 INTs as well, but he completed 11 of his 15 passes and seemed much better in control of the offense as he lead USC down the field for 3 scores as well.

    In the end, it was Damian Williams that would be the star of the show, catching an amazing 16 catches for 255 yards and 3 TDs, taking his total up to 66 catches for 1,159 yards and 11 TDs. Simply amazing stats for the Junior receiver.

    Stanford 10 - USC 37

    The final game of the trifecta saw USC play host to the Stanford Cardinals. Still worried about last year's debacle at Stanford, coach Carroll was determined to get off to a good start, and that they did leading 20-10 at halftime.

    Unfortunately for USC and fans around the world, this game was the last game of the season for spectacular WR Damian Williams as during this game, Williams torn his quadricep, ending his season. 75 catches for 1300 yards and 11 TDs is never anything to sneeze at, but everyone feels he could have competed for the Heisman this season. Unfortunately, for him, his chances at that are over now, though there's always next season, unless he decides to enter the NFL draft, which is very likely considering his success before his injury.

    USC would win the game 38-10, shutting out the Cardinals in the 2nd half, picking up right where they left off last week, throwing for 338 yards and 3 TDs on 22 of 33 passing from Corp.
  17. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    Game for their Season - HUGE Upset over Alabama!

    USC pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season with a decisive 49-7 beating of the Crimson Tide.

    In what most thought at the beginning of the season could have been the NCG deciding game for both teams ended up being just that.

    USC, having lost to Oregon just three weeks later, showed that that game was nothing more than a fluke as they came out airing the ball out, with no qualms about what defense the Tide was playing or where on the field they were.

    And who could blame them? QB Aaron Corp started the game with 15 straight completions (which included two TD passes) in the first quarter and never let up until the first half was over and USC was up 35-0.

    Corp ended the game with a career and school best 84% completion percentage on 22 of 26 passing for 301 yards and 6 TDs.

    It seemed like everything was going to go right for the Trojans from the very beginning and boy was that the case. Alabama ended up turning the ball over 4 times, including twice on their side of the 40 (one an interception and the other a forced fumble on a punt return).

    Stafon Johnson had his best game of the year, rushing for 139 yards and a TD on 21 carries as well as catching 5 passes for 52 yards and a TD.

    David Ausberry and Travon Patterson were the target of several of Corp's passes, catching 5 passes apiece for 2 and 1 TDs respectively.

    The real surprise was the Trojan defense. McElroy (one of several players that have shuffled in and out of heisman contention this season) had his worst game of the season, completing just 10 of 25 passes for 145 yards 1 TD and 3 INTs. His offensive line certainly didn't help him much, allowing 4 sacks.

    In the end, the Tide offense fell behind too quickly and in the end, just couldn't catch back up and USC was able to prey on their offensive woes with their vaunted attack, holding onto the ball over twice as long as Alabama.
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    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    USC Soars Past Another Team

    In another spectacular game passing the ball, USC flew right past the UCLA Bruins to a 49-10 victory, winning the Victory Bell for a 3rd time in a row and increasing their series lead over UCLA to 44-28-7.

    USC came out firing the ball and didn't let up until half time with the score already 42-10.

    UCLA would strike first on an amazing 58 yard catch and run to their TE, but it would be one of the few times that they were able to get much of anything out of their offense.

    Aaron Corp ended the game 21 of 27 for 342 yards and 4 TDs.

    Stafon Johnson ground the game out on the ground for 119 yards on 28 carries and 1 TD.

    David Ausberry had another amazing game - 9 catches for 171 yards and 3 TDs.
  19. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    Final Game of USC Season A Contentious One

    USC had a tough time closing out the season. Arizona was playing the spoiler the whole way and almost pulled off the major upset.

    USC squeaked out a 38-20 win on the legs of Joe McKnight, with his first game back after his injury and he showed little signs of affect from it.

    McKnight ended the game with 43 carries for 194 yards and 2 TDs.

    Mitch Mustain made his 2nd appearance during a game, as Aaron Corp was once again pulled out midgame by offensive coordinator Mors once again.

    "Being at a school like USC, you always have several options available to you at any position and that's exactly how we feel about the QB position. If Aaron [Corp] starts to struggle, we're going to bring in Mitch [Mustain] to take the load off of him," said coach Mors.

    Mustain completed 5 of 7 passes including 2 TDs, but he also threw an interception, adding to the two that Corp had during the game before being pulled.

    The true player of the game was defensive end Armond Armstead with 10 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.

    "He was an absolute monster around the end for us," said coach Pete Carroll. "When you have a player like him, you expect great things from him and this is just what we like to see from our players, even if they are only 2nd year guys."
  20. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    USC Bowl Birth To FedEx Orange Bowl Against Houston

    After an season of attrition and USC's first loss of the Pac 10 conference championship game since 2001, USC still finished 4th in the BCS poll and got an invite to play in the FedEx Orange Bowl against the Houston Cougars, who went undefeated but lost out to Utah for a chance to play in the National Championship Game.

    Offensive Coordinator Mors had this to say about the game:

    "Any team that goes undefeated, no matter the conference or schedule is a damn good team. It takes discipline, great coaching, and solid football play for a team to go undefeated and we certainly aren't looking at [Houston] or Utah and thinking that we should be in their shoes. They do their job and won the games on their schedules and we couldn't beat Oregon. We're where we are because of that."

    The game will be played at 8pm on Sunday, January 3rd.
  21. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Jun 9, 2009
    USC Crushes Houston in Orange Bowl

    It was no contest as USC walked away a 52-14 winner in the FedEx Orange Bowl.

    Joe McKnight displayed once again why he's a valuable asset to the Trojan team as he carried the ball 36 times for 188 yards and 2 TDs.

    Corp struggled again this game, completing just 10 of 24 passes but still threw 2 TD passes.

    Garrett Green got his first significant action of the year, throwing 2 TD passes on just 3 passes, but also carrying the ball 9 times for 42 yards as USC showed a new wrinkle to the offense with a little bit of the option run offense.

    David Ausberry was again the target of most of the passes, catching 4 passes for 60 yards and 2 TDs but also dropping the ball 3 times.
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