Trojans Live: Arizona Preview

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After back-to-back wins, Trojans Live was a fun place to be on Monday. Head coach Clay Helton, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and pass catching brothers Josh and Daniel Imatorbhebhe joined the show along with beach volleyball superstars Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes.

Helton praised his team's resolve and addressed the growing concern over turnovers ahead of the road trip to Arizona.

Click here to watch Helton on Trojans Live.

Pendergast assessed his defense at the midway point of the season and explained why several players are having breakout seasons.

Click here to watch Pendergast on Trojans Live.

TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe, fresh off his first career touchdown catch, and WR Josh Imatorbhebhe, a talented freshman, talked about their upbringing and how they both ended up at USC.

Click here to watch the Imatorbhebhe brothers on Trojans Live.

And finally, national champions Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes are back for one more year with their 73-match winning streak intact.

Trojan Wish - Brandon Willis

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USC_Football_Colorado_Mcgillen_2016_4430.jpgOn Saturday, 12-year-old Brandon Willis attended his first-ever Trojan football game. USC's Trojan Wish program provided an unforgettable experience for the diehard fan, who has Spina Bifida and a cognitive brain disorder.

Before the game, Brandon was gifted an authentic No. 9 jersey and enjoyed multiple hamburgers at USC's Cardinal and Gold tailgate. He was accompanied by his father, Tyrel, his school principal, Nat Adams, and Adams' son, Colby, whom Brandon goes to school with and looks up to.

Brandon had never attended a football game before, in part because his Spina Bifida has made it difficult for him to walk, especially in crowded areas. His whole life, though, he has exceeded doctors' expectations, by getting out of his wheelchair and doing away with his walker. He even re-learned to walk after having major surgery.

Brandon and his friends and family traveled three hours from Ventura County to watch the game, and thankfully it didn't disappoint. He particularly enjoyed meeting the Song Girls, watching the Spirit of Troy play, and seeing the C-17 flyover after the national anthem. Of course, USC's 21-17 win over Colorado was pretty fun to watch, too.

"It was amazing to see my son smile as much and as bright as he was," said Tyrel. "He had the time of his life. It was amazing to see his smile again."


Clay Helton Q&A - Arizona

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Following USC's 21-17 win over No. 21 Colorado, head coach Clay Helton sat down to discuss the deciding plays in that game as well as Arizona's quarterback situation in his weekly Q&A.

Digging Dasic

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Freshman driver Marin Dasic of USC men's water polo earned MPSF Newcomer of the Week honors for his four-goal performance over the weekend.

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Dasic, who hails from Zagreb, Croatia, scored two goals against Pepperdine on Friday and two more against UC Irvine on Sunday. Entering the weekend, Dasic averaged less than one goal a game. He now has 15 on the season, tying him for fifth on the team and first among freshman.

Dasic is the second Trojan to win this award this season, as freshman two-meter man Matt Maier earned it back on Sept. 26. Maier, Dasic and the Trojans get back in the pool Sunday against UC Santa Barbara.


Trojan of the Game vs. CU: Adoree' Jackson

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The Trojan Family voted Adoree' Jackson the Mercury Insurance Trojan of the Game for his performance against Colorado.

It's not hard to see why. The junior put together another show-stopping display, including an acrobatic interception which drew national attention. He also contributed 4 tackles, 50 punt return yards and a 38-yard kickoff return.


Trophy Time

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During the Trojans' game vs. Colorado on Saturday, USC's female student-athletes were presented their trophy and check for winning the 2015-16 Capital One Cup.

The Capital One Cup recognizes NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative performance across multiple men's and women's sports. The Women of Troy earned their first ever Capital One Cup Trophy by winning two national championships (water polo and beach volleyball) and posting eight total Top-10 finishes (lacrosse, volleyball, golf, swimming, track and indoor track) last season. USC's spring sports helped catapult the program from 17th place at the end of the winter season to the top overall spot.

As part of the presentation, Capital One also presented USC with a $200,000 check for student-athlete scholarships.

Currently, USC's women's soccer, volleyball, golf, cross country and swimming programs are working to keep the Women of Troy atop the college athletics totem pole. Women's swimming heads to the SMU Classic on Friday, while volleyball faces Oregon in Eugene on Friday night. Women's golf will start play in the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament on Friday as well.

Egg-Beating the Competition

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USC men's water polo picked up two more quality wins this weekend, with victories over No. 8 Pepperdine and No. 17 UC Irvine.

The Trojans have now won six straight after dropping their first and only loss of the season to Cal on Sept. 24.

No. 3 USC utilized a balanced scoring attack to beat Pepperdine, 15-4, at Uytengsu Aquatic Center on Friday. Five Trojans scored two goals apiece, leading the 10 total players who found the back of the net for USC. Junior goalie McQuin Baron (pictured) racked up 14 saves, moving into second place on USC's all-time saves list.

On Sunday, USC kept up the tough defense to cruise to a 20-4 victory over UC Irvine. Junior driver Matteo Morelli led the way with four goals, while the Edwards brothers (Blake and Lachlan) chipped in three each. The Trojans have now topped the Anteaters twice this season, by a combined score of 34-7.

Now, the Trojans enjoy a week off before hosting No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.


USC vs. Colorado Wrap-Up

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USC earned its sixth straight home win and its second straight Pac-12 South win on Saturday with a 21-17 victory over No. 21 Colorado.

Trojans Topple No. 21 Colorado

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USC Tops No. 21 Colorado

McGillen Galleries: Colorado

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Yesterday, USC topped No. 21 Colorado, 21-17, to improve to 2-1 in the Pac-12 South. USC team photographer John McGillen was there to capture the action from start to finish on a hot October day at the Coliseum.