50th Anniversary of Fertig to Sherman

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Saturday's match-up between USC and Notre Dame is the 86th rendition of the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. It is also the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest games in the historic rivalry, the epic comeback of 1964 in which the Trojans defeated the Fighting Irish, 20-17. 

Coming into that game, Notre Dame quarterback John Huarte had just been named the Heisman winner, and the 9-0 Irish, led by legendary head coach Ara Parseghian had their sights set on a potential national championship. As the nation's top ranked team, Notre Dame looked to have a commanding lead over the unranked Trojans at the half, up 17-0. But, USC came roaring back in the second half to make it 17-13, and on fourth-and-eight, with just 1:33 to play, quarterback Craig Fertig hit Rod Sherman for the winning touchdown.

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The 1964 Trojan team featured Fertig, who set eight school passing records that season as well as All-American halfback Mike Garrett (who would win the Heisman the following season). USC was coached by the great John McKay who would lead the Trojans to four national titles and five Rose Bowl victories in his 16 year tenure as head coach.


Trojans Live - Notre Dame Week

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On the season finale of Trojans Live, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian looked back at the UCLA loss and broke down the challenge ahead with Notre Dame coming to the Coliseum.  Plus, we heard from two all-time greats, All-American QB Rodney Peete and All-American S T.J. McDonald.

Click here for Sarkisian on UCLA.

Click here for Rodney Peete.

Click here for T.J. McDonald.

Here is Sarkisian on Notre Dame:

3-Points: USC 53, CSUF 49

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The Trojans even their record at 3-3 after grinding out a win over Cal State Fullerton.

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Going Big

The Trojans found their best offense in the paint tonight going inside to Darion Clark (10 points and 14 rebounds) and Nikola Jovanovic (13 points and 11 rebounds) who each recorded double-doubles for the first time this season. Clark was the more efficient of the two making 5/7 shots.  Head coach Andy Enfield called the sophomore a "big time competitor" who "throws his body everywhere." Clark feels like he is finally getting back into game shape after sitting out last season.

Pushing Out

USC had great success in its 2-3 zone defense forcing the Titans to shoot 32.1% as a team.  The Trojans also won the turnover battle taking advantage of 17 Fullerton giveaways. "Overall, we played good defense, challenged shots and rebounded the ball," said Enfield. Clark and Jovanovic dominated inside defensively as well combining for seven blocks, including a huge one late by Clark.  The Trojans needed several key stops down the stretch before sealing the victory on a Julian Jacobs breakaway dunk in the final seconds.

Time to Get Better

While the head coach was happy with the win, he knows it was not artistic. USC played four games in six days with a cross-country flight yesterday leaving the team "exhausted," according to Enfield. However, he still expects them to make the easy shots that they are missing including wide open layups and free throws. "At some point, you have to step up and make shots," said Enfield bluntly after the game. USC does not play again until Sunday at New Mexico, so the coaching staff is looking forward to "digesting" the torrid first two weeks of the season and helping the team learn from its mistakes.

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2014 NFL Week 12

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The Best

Robert Woods, WR, Bills - 9 catches for 118 yards and a TD

B3QUx3QCcAA_eJP.jpgPlaying in Detroit on Monday night because of the brutal snowstorm in Buffalo, Woods warmed up the building with several remarkable catches highlighted by a one-hand snag on his helmet (pictured), which earned the top spot on SportsCenter's Top 10. In the end, the second-year receiver enjoyed a career-night in terms of catches and yards at the expense of the New York Jets in a 38-3 Bills win.

Best of the Rest

Rey Maualuga, LB, Bengals - 6 tackles (4 solo) plus an interception

Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars - 3 catches for 52 yards

Mark Sanchez, QB, Eagles - 30/43 for 307 yards and 1 TD

Brian Cushing, LB, Texans - 8 tackles (3 solo)

Frostee Rucker, DE, Cardinals - 4 tackles (2 solo) including one for loss

T.J. McDonald, S, Rams - 7 tackles (6 solo)

Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans - 4 tackles (3 solo) including 2 for loss and a sack

Devon Kennard, LB, Giants - 5 tackles (2 solo)

Shareece Wright, CB, Chargers - 4 solo tackles and a pass defended

King Kostas

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USC men's water polo senior Kostas Genidounias, who is tied atop the school's all-time scoring chart, has been named the 2014 MPSF Player of the Year.

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Fellow senior Rex Butler made the All-MPSF Second Team, while freshman goalie McQuin Baron and sophomore Nick Bell were honorable mention.


#IAmUnbroken - Cynthia Cooper-Dyke

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As the countdown continues to the Christmas release of Unbroken, the feature film telling the life story of USC's iconic war hero Louis Zamperini, here is part three in our #IAmUnbroken video series featuring Women of Troy head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who rose from the streets of Los Angeles to become the world's best women's basketball player.

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Plus, USC is raising funds to endow a track and field scholarship in honor of Zamperini, who was a 1936 Olympian and a three-year letterman at Troy.

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Here is Cooper-Dyke's tale in her own words:

Notre Dame Tuesday: Notes

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The Trojans are refocused on rivalry game No. 2...
  • USC returned to the practice field with a positive attitude demonstrating the resiliency that has become a signature characteristic of this team. "They have shown me and continue to show me their ability to learn from a ballgame, put it to bed and move on to the next one and focus on the task at hand," said head coach Steve Sarkisian.
  • To that end, the Trojans have the added motivation of playing another rival in the Coliseum on Senior Day. "I don't know if there is a better game for us coming out of the UCLA game that would snatch our attention right away," said Sarkisian.
  • Sophomore RB Justin Davis echoed those sentiments saying, "It was really rough immediately after the game, but I feel as if the team came together. We still have one more game to play and it's the seniors' last game at the Coliseum, and hopefully, we can end this season with a bang."
  • Speaking of the seniors, Sarkisian had the highest praise for TE Randall Telfer calling him "unbelievable" and a "warrior." He "does not get nearly enough credit and praise for who he is as a person," said Sarkisian.
  • The other scholarship tight end, freshman Bryce Dixon, sat out today to recover from "concussion-like symptoms."
  • Dixon is one of the many true freshmen that have played an integral role on this team. "We've gotten a lot of mileage out of those guys," said Sarkisian. "It's helped us win this year, but I really think for our future, it really sets the stage for what an opportunity we have coming down the road."
  • The offensive line has relied on youth more than any other position group, and the unit struggled to handle the Crosstown Showdown, but as a whole, Sarkisian said that they "overachieved maybe what the expectations were supposed to be for them" this season.  This week, he will try to protect them with quicker hitting routes against a blitzing Notre Dame defense.
  • Cody Kessler has to do "everything" better this week, he said. "I have to play better as a whole. I didn't play well enough. At the end of the day, we didn't execute and I need to play better in those types of games."
  • However, the quarterback loved being a part of this rivalry game last year, so he is ready to taste victory against the Fighting Irish. "It's awesome. I got to play in it last year and it's a really great rivalry," said Kessler. "All the guys who have played in it, some people say it's as big as the UCLA rivalry and it is. It's a huge game for us and we're excited."
  • Here is Sarkisian's post-practice presser...

SooHoo Gallery: USC vs. UCLA

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Here are the Jon SooHoo photos from USC's loss at the Rose Bowl on Saturday:

11/22/14-USC@UCLA - Images by Jon SooHoo

Sarkisian Q&A: Notre Dame Week

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian broke down the UCLA loss and looked ahead to the Notre Dame season-ending rivalry clash at the Coliseum in our weekly Q&A.

Coop Lands Two More

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Cynthia Cooper-Dyke continues to mold her program adding two more talented prep players in women's basketball's fall recruiting class for the 2015-16 season.  The inside-outside combo of Marguerite Effa and Aliyah Mazyck will feel key holes on a team that loses three seniors.

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Effa (pictured), who is originally from Cameroon, was named the 2014 LA City Section Player of the Year as a junior playing for Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. Mazyck was named the 2014 4A Player of the Year in North Carolina, and she ranks as the No. 18 overall recruit in the 2015 class, according to ESPN.