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October 21, 2008

First Look: USC Trojans

Over the course of the week we'll have different previews featuring Arizona's game against USC on Saturday in Tucson. To get things started, here's some basic information on Arizona's eighth opponent.

Head Coach: Pete Carroll (76-14 as USC head coach)
Team Record: 5-1
Nat'l Rank: 6

Last Time Out:

The Trojans defeated lowly Washington State 69-0 in what was rout from the outset. Mark Sanchez broke a school record by throwing five touchdown passes in the first half. USC had three running backs with over 100 yards in the game as Broderick Green led the way with 121 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, Stafon Johnson had 112 yards on 11 carries and C.J. Gable added 109 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.

The Trojan defense gave up only 28 passing yards to the Cougars and 116 total yards on the contest while its offense put up 625 yards of total offense.

Depth Chart:



Key Injuries:

Zack Heberer, OL (Doubtful, Toe)
Vidal Hazelton, WR (Doubtful, Ankle)
Luthur Brown, LB (Out, Shoulder)
Blake Ayles, TE (Probable, Abdominal)
Joe McKnight, RB (Questionable, Toe)
Butch Lewis, OL (Out, Illness)
Everson Griffen, DE (Probable, Ankle)
Brian Cushing, LB (Probable, Shoulder)
Jeff Byers, OL (Probable, Knee)
Shareece Wright, CB (Out, Neck)

USC Season-to-Date Stats (National Statistical Rank):

Scoring offense: 31.5 points per game (8th)
Total offense: 471.5 yards per game (12th)
Passing offense: 274 yards per game (16th)
Rushing offense: 197.5 yards per game (22nd)

Opponents' Season-to-Date Stats (National Statistical Rank):

Scoring offense: 7.3 points per game (1st)
Total offense: 220.17 yards per game (2nd)
Passing offense: 136.5 yards per game (1st)
Rushing offense: 83.67 yards per game (8th)

Team Leaders:

Passing: Mark Sanchez - 108-166, 1501 yards, 19 TD, 6 INT
Receiving: Damian Williams - 23 receptions, 365 yards and 5 TD,
Rushing: Joe McKnight - 45 attempts, 345 net yards, 0 TD
Tackles: Kevin Ellison - 41 tackles
Interceptions: Kevin Thomas - 2 interceptions
Sacks: Kyle Moore/Everson Griffen - 2.5 sacks each

Schedule:

08/30/08 at Virginia - W, 52-7
09/13/08 vs. Ohio State - W, 35-3
09/25/08 at Oregon State - L, 27-21
10/04/08 vs. Oregon - W, 44-10
10/11/08 vs. Arizona State - W, 28-0
10/18/08 at Washington State - W, 69-0
10/25/08 at Arizona
11/01/08 vs. Washington
11/08/08 vs. California
11/15/08 at Stanford
11/29/08 vs. Notre Dame
12/06/08 at UCLA

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