Thursday Game Info

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USC football is back in action Thursday when the Trojans host Washington at the Coliseum (6 p.m. kickoff). This is the third consecutive year with a Thursday night home game, so most fans are aware that parking and tailgating are not permitted on campus.

For pregame and parking alternatives, please check out our dedicated Thursday Night Football site with all the information you need to enjoy the game.


Golden Goal Scorer

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For the second consecutive year, USC women's soccer legend Amy Rodriguez scored the game-winning goal to secure the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) title for FC Kansas City. Rodriguez netted all three goals for her club in the last two championships games combined.

Click here for the recap.

Rodriguez's side defeated the Seattle Reign, which included former USC goalie Caroline Stanley, an NWSL rookie. Rodriguez has compiled an all-time resume, highlighted by two NWSL crowns, two Olympic gold medals, a World Cup and the NCAA Championship.


So Much Speed

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The present and future of track & field was well-represented at USC's Loker Stadium on Tuesday as the world's fastest man, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, talked with the world's third fastest man, USC senior Andre De Grasse, and dual-sport star Adoree' Jackson while shooting a commercial on campus.

Just two months ago, De Grasse stood next to Bolt on the podium at the 2015 Track & Field World Championships in Beijing. Capping off his insanely successful year, the Trojan tied for third in a school-record time of 9.92 (-0.5) in the race while the reigning world champion, Bolt, clinched first again in 9.79.

Both De Grasse (100m, 200m) and Jackson (long jump) have their sights set on seeing Bolt again in Rio next year for the 2016 Summer Olympics. For now, two of USC's fastest are just enjoying the journey.


Trojans Live - Washington Week

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The rainy weather on Monday night was perfect for this week's Washington-themed edition of Trojans Live. First up, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian talked about facing his former team for the first time and the explosiveness of his offense through the season's first four games.

Click here to watch Sarkisian's full segment.

Later, USC tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo called in to talk about his legendary career as a quarterback at Washington.

Click here to listen to Tuiasosopo on the evolution of the quarterback position in both college and the NFL.

After a very busy summer that included a third place finish in the 100m at the Track & Field World Championships, USC senior Andre De Grasse joined the show to talk about his meteoric rise to the top of his sport. 

To hear what Usain Bolt had to say to De Grasse after their 100m final race in Beijing, click here.

Finally, the always-entertaining Zach Banner, USC's towering right tackle and aspiring sports broadcaster, stopped by to give Jordan and JJ a run for their money as on-air personalities. Watch his insightful and hilarious interview here:

Meet Aca'Cedric Ware

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Name: Aca'Cedric Ware

Position: RB

Class: Freshman

Size: 6-foot-0, 200 pounds

Age: 18

High School: Cedar Hill High School (Cedar Hill, TX)

Game: Ware brings physicality to the USC running back corps, using all his weight to barrel through defenses. A sprinter in high school, the freshman also displays tremendous bursts of speed once he gets in the open field.

Prep Career: The tailback led his team to back-to-back state championships in high school, finishing with 2,440 yards on 291 carries and 34 touchdowns in his senior season. Adding to his list of accolades, Ware was also named to the 2014 Prep Star All-Midlands Region team and was the All-District 8-6A MVP. 

Fall: The running back position is one of the deepest on the Trojans' roster, so Ware spent training camp learning the playbook to earn a spot in the five-man rotation. The freshman showed flashes of his potential during the fall's few scrimmages and has seen limited playing time in the Trojans' first few games. 

Sarkisian on Ware: "The competition is great. We go to team run and Ced is running harder than everybody else. It's pushing everybody and driving everybody. The end result is over time that's going to make us a better team and a better program through all of the competition. Ced's going to have his opportunities. He has a long career in front of him, and he's going to be a great player for us."

Here is Ware with our Caroline Deisley... 

Washington Tuesday: Notes

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

In head coach Steve Sarkisian's final address to the media before USC's Thursday night game, he touched upon the team's altered schedule for a midweek game, the Trojans' new theme 'Sharpen Our Sword' and the status of several players after the bye week. CB Kevon Seymour will be available on gameday but WR Darreus Rogers and DL Claude Pelon remain game-time decisions.

Here is the rest of Sarkisian's presser:


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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The USC men's water polo team avenged its only loss of the season by defeating the Stanford Cardinal 12-8 in overtime on Saturday. The No. 3 ranked Trojans were back and forth with the No. 2 ranked Cardinal who scored five unanswered goals to force overtime before USC ultimately pulled away handing Stanford its second loss of the season. Goalie McQuin Baron stood his ground for the Trojans, setting a career-high for saves (18) with five of those coming in crucial moments during overtime. This performance, along with Sunday's 17-3 rout over San Jose State, earned the sophomore goalie MPSF Player of the Week honors on Monday. 

The Trojans returned to the pool on Sunday for their first home matchup against the San Jose State Spartans since 1979 with 10 different players finding the back of the net for USC. The Trojans had three hat tricks in the final match of the weekend courtesy of Blake Edwards, Lazar Pasuljevic and Grant Stein. 

The USC men's water polo team is now 12-1 overall and 3-0 in MPSF play as it gears up for the Kap7 SoCal Invitational on Saturday at Pepperdine with its first matchup being a rematch against San Jose State to kick off group play at 10:40 a.m. 

Check out John McGillen's photos from Saturday's match against Stanford...

2015 NFL Week 4

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The USC-Hawks are on Monday Night Football, but the rest of the Trojans starred on Sunday.

kennard-nfl.jpgThe Best

Devon Kennard, OLB, New York Giants

Always known as a cerebral player with a tremendous work ethic, Kennard has thrived since entering the NFL. After a strong rookie season, he has become a rock of the Giants' defense. At USC, he was known for his pass rush and attacking the line of scrimmage, but he has greatly improved his play in space, highlighted by his first career interception on Sunday against the Bills. He made a tremendous adjustment in coverage, which blew up on social media.

Best of the Rest

Nick Perry, OLB, Packers - 2 sacks

Clay Matthews, LB, Packers - 2 TFLs including a sack

T.J. McDonald, S, Rams - 6 tackles (5 solo), 2 TFLs including a sack

Malcolm Smith, LB, Raiders - Game-high 10 tackles (9 solo) and a forced fumble

Brian Cushing, LB, Texans - Game-high 11 tackles (7 solo) including one for loss

Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles - 3 catches for 64 yards including a sick one-hander

Dion Bailey, S, Jets - 4 tackles and a pass defended in London

Rey Maualuga, LB, Bengals - 8 tackles (4 solo)

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals - 29/46 for 352 yards and 1 TD

Robert Woods, WR, Bills - 3 catches for 33 yards

Buck Allen, RB, Ravens - 5 carries for 19 yards

Staying Alive

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

CQleP9cVAAAtHab.jpgAfter a hard-fought, 3-1, victory over No. 5 Washington on Sunday, the USC women's volleyball team, now ranked No. 1, is one of just three undefeated teams left in the nation. Clinching their 16th straight victory was no easy task for the Trojans who battled through 27 tie scores in the fourth set before defeating the previously unbeaten Huskies for the first time since 2012.

Click here to check out the SnappyTV highlights from Sunday's match.

The Women of Troy were led by seniors Samantha Bricio and Alicia Ogoms with 27 and 12 kills apiece. Bricio also served three aces and had 16 digs in the match for her sixth double-double of the season. She is now fourth in USC's all-time career record book for kills with 1,695. The Trojans out-hit the counference leading team for hitting percentage .227 to .143 in the exciting game.

Red-hot USC takes a trip to the Rocky Mountains next, facing Colorado on Friday at 7 p.m. PT and Utah on Sunday at 12 p.m. PT. Friday's game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.

Here are the John McGillen photos from every set of the Trojans' victory:

Win Some, Lose Some

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Written by Grace DeWitt, USC blog contributor

USC women's soccer returns from last weekend's trip up to the Pacific Northwest with one more win and one more loss to its name. 

Competition started on Thursday night against the then-No. 20 Washington State Cougars, former home of head coach Keidane McAlpine and several of his staff. Much like last year's match-up, a late goal lifted the Trojans to a winning score of 1-0. In the 78th minute, junior midfielder Morgan Andrews capitalized on a failed ball collection by the Wazzu keeper to nail one into the back of the net from five yards out. Two big saves from redshirt junior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme in the 86th and 90th minutes saved the shutout and landed the Trojans a W.

The Trojans then journeyed into Seattle to play the University of Washington on Sunday afternoon. The first half started strong for USC, which dominated in possession and took twice as many shots as its opponent. Though the momentum shifted in favor of the Huskies in the second half, it was a penalty kick that gave UW the lone goal it needed to top the Trojans. A foul in the 58th minute on junior defender Kayla Mills in the box set up the opportunity for the Huskies. Prudhomme guessed the shot correctly, but the ball had enough pace to slip just wide of her dive. The keeper made five saves in the game, the most for her in Pac-12 play this season.

The team now stands at 7-4-1 overall and 2-1-0 in conference play. The Trojans will host Arizona State at 3 p.m. PT this Friday at McAlister Field.