Big Mac Caps Vengeance Tour

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No. 4 USC men's water polo avenged both its losses this season by taking out No. 1 UCLA and No. 3 Cal in one day en route to the SoCal Tournament title in Westwood. The Trojans' win over the Bruins also vaulted USC atop the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup standings (15-10).

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USC has now won 11 of the past 12 SoCal Tournament championships, including the last three.  While they beat UCLA handily (10-6) in the semifinals, the title match was filled with drama as junior Mac Carden netted the game-winning goal in a 10-9 victory.

Here are the Trojan Highlights:

Sarkisian Q&A: Colorado Week

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian broke down the incredible performances by RB Buck Allen and DE Leonard Williams, and previewed the Colorado game ahead in our weekly Q&A.

Bricio's Booming

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USC women's volleyball is on a three-match winning streak thanks in large part to junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio who was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for her performances in wins over Colorado and Utah.

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The All-American dominated the weekend with 37 kills on 80 attempts plus 12 service aces.  She became USC's all-time career aces leader (182) after a career-high eight-ace performance against the Utes tied a program single-match record.

The Women of Troy (10-6, 3-3 Pac-12) host Oregon on Friday (Oct. 17) at 8 p.m. PT and Oregon State on Sunday (Oct. 19) at 11 a.m. at the Galen Center.

Here is Bricio on Pac-12 Networks:

Buck Strong

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Junior RB Buck Allen was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and voted the SoCal Ford Trojan of the Game for his career night in Tucson.

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Allen is leading the Pac-12 in rushing and ranks No. 3 in the nation in yards from scrimmage. He paced the Trojans with 205 yards on 26 carries and 3 TDs on Saturday night.


Primetime in Salt Lake City

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The USC at Utah game, which is currently a match-up of Top 25 teams, will kick off at 8 p.m. MT (7 p.m. PT) and be broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports 1. 

The game will be USC's fourth visit to Salt Lake City, but just the second trip there since 1917.  The Trojans posted a 38-28 victory there in 2012.

Marqise Lee had 12 catches for 192 yards in the 2012 win in Salt Lake City.

Soccer Setback

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USC women's soccer hit its first rough patch in the road this season dropping back-to-back home matches, but the Women of Troy were facing elite competition in No. 22 California and No. 3 Stanford.  The Trojans fought boldly in both contests, including taking a 1-0 second half lead against the Bears, but they succumbed to Cal 2-1 and Stanford 1-0.

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USC completes a five-match home stand Friday against No. 19 Arizona State at 2 p.m. PT.  The Women of Troy are still enjoying a strong first campaign under head coach Keidane McAlpine sitting at 8-4-2 on the season.

Here are the highlights from the Cal loss:

McGillen Galleries: USC vs Arizona

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The Trojans clinched a last minute victory in the desert on Saturday and John McGillen was there to capture every beautifully agonizing moment.

6-Points: USC 28, Arizona 26

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The Trojans bounce back from a dramatic loss with an even more dramatic win to climb atop the Pac-12 South standings.

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Sports Karma

final-arizona-score.jpg"I don't know what the football gods have in store for us, but I'm so proud of our team for the spirit they showed tonight," head coach Steve Sarkisian expressed the same sentiment to the team and the media after the game. If you believe in due, the Trojans were overdue for a break to go their way. They rose to the emotional challenge all night despite last week's gut-punch and a myriad of potential excuses until finally seeing the dam break open on the game-deciding missed field goal.

Make Them Miss

USC's field goal block unit made the ultimate difference in the narrowest of contests.  Sarkisian's crafty use of timeouts provided the first line of field goal defense as he successfully froze the Arizona kicker at the end of both halves.  "It's all about the timing," Sarkisian explained.  "You want to give the guy the feeling of getting the kick and making it, but that one doesn't count.  And then you try to do it again." The jumbo rush team blocked the first half field goal, which could have led to the miss that mattered most. "We don't block misses," said Zach Banner about the final kick. "If they're going to give it to us, they're going to give it to us.  That's the fear that you put into them when you block one before the half. That's the fear that you instill into the enemy."

Signature Game

Buck Allen emerged from obscurity against Arizona last season to become the Trojans' workhorse back, and he enjoyed a career night against the Wildcats on Saturday.  He ran for 205 yards on 26 carries with 3 TDs.  Allen has been remarkably consistent with five 100-yard rushing games this season becoming the first Trojan to do so since LenDale White in 2005.  Blessed with speed and power, he has added elusiveness to his repertoire.  "I trust myself," Allen explained. "Like Coach Sark said, he preaches making guys miss. I hear his voice in the back of my head. I just read guys and their momentum, which way they are going."

Three Man Wall

The Trojans employed a "bend but don't break" defensive game plan preventing Arizona from making explosive plays with their talented wide receiving corps.  The key to the plan was the defensive line stuffing the run without much help.  "Before the game, [Sarkisian] came up to us and told us, 'We win the game up front, and we win the game.' We took it upon ourselves to fight hard and be assignment perfect," said DT Antwaun Woods. Leonard Williams led the charge with 8 tackles, including 2 sacks, a forced fumble and ultimately the game-winning stuff on Arizona's failed two-point conversion.

Growing Up

At Boston College, the young offensive line succumbed to a tough road atmosphere and complex blitz packages.  Facing a similar challenge tonight, the O-line responded like seasoned veterans keeping QB Cody Kessler clean and paving the way for Allen's legendary performance.  "Max Tuerk is one of the smartest people I know," said Kessler, who credited the OL captain. "He does a great job of watching film and knowing what they are going to do and where they are going to blitz from. Our offensive line stepped up."  

Digging Deep

Forgetting the emotional battle, to beat a Top 10 on the road, the Trojans had to survive the physical war of attrition.  Walk-on kicker Alex Wood stepped in flawlessly for injured starter Andre Heidari (groin), and true freshmen Jonathan Lockett and John Plattenburg locked down the Wildcats' receivers during crunch time in place of Kevon Seymour (abdominal pain) and Adoree' Jackson (hip/groin).  "We've had to dig deep.  Everybody in our locker room understands we all have a role," said Sarkisian.  "It's all hands on deck every time we take the field."

Extra Point....

What Else Could Happen???

Who knows what crazy turn this season will take next, but Sarkisian and company are enjoying the ride.  "Since training camp, I've probably experienced more as a head coach in the last three months than I did in five years at my previous job," he said.  "We're learning about ourselves.  We are finding out a lot about ourselves."

Here are the SnappyTV USC highlights:

Infographic: USC 28, Arizona 26

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Rapid Reaction: USC 28, Arizona 26

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Here is OLB Scott Felix, DE Leonard Williams, TE Randall Telfer and CB Chris Hawkins discussing the victory over the No. 10 undefeated Arizona Wildcats immediately following the game.