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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. 

2014 Game 6: USC vs. Arizona

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USC Trojans (3-2, 2-1) at No. 10 Arizona Wildcats (5-0, 2-0)

Arizona Stadium at 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and WatchESPN

Wildcat to Watch: RS Freshman QB Anu Solomon

Anu_Solomon.jpegSolomon won a wide open quarterback battle in the offseason, but he is the undisputed leader of Rich Rodriguez's offense now.  He is a true dual threat averaging 348 pass yards per game (third in the Pac-12) and 33 rush yards per game (second among Pac-12 QBs).  He was a high school superstar at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas compiling a 57-3 record en route to four state titles.

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Rich Rodriguez's offense can make opponents look foolish.  The Wildcats have a run-pass option on every play and within every play.  The Trojans have a troubling history with mobile quarterbacks, which resurfaced in the road loss at Boston College.  "We learned early. We learned real early. We're ready for this quarterback," CB Kevon Seymour said.  The Trojans must show what they've learned, which is the discipline and concentration to "do your job" on every play and not blow assignments.

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The Wildcats run a 3-3-5 scheme defensively, which can lead to some tricky blitz packages.  The Arizona pass rush led by Scooby Wright III had five sacks last week in the win at Oregon.  The USC offensive line has shown improvement in the past two games, but the unit will have to communicate well in a hostile road atmosphere.  If Cody Kessler has time and Buck Allen has running room, the Trojans can be ruthless offensively against an Arizona defense which gave up 45 points to Cal.

Get Off the Mat

The final point started earlier this week.  Most teams would have been gutted by the Hail Mary loss to Arizona State, but the Trojans have been through worse, and the leaders know how to respond to adversity.  While the Sun Devil loss was a major blow, the Pac-12 South is still within the Trojans' reach.  If they can beat the Wildcats, they vault right back up to the top of the division.  The Fight On spirit was evident on the practice field all week, but how will USC respond emotionally in Tucson?

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Dominant Start for Swimming

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USC women's swimming and diving controlled the first meet of the season from start to finish defeating Washington State 150-106 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.  The Women of Troy had four different swimmers double up with individual victories: Andrea Kropp, Kasia Wilk (pictured), Chelsea Chenault and Hannah Weiss.

Click here for the recap.

The Women of Troy travel to Dallas for the SMU Classic next weekend.

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Photo Gallery: X-Country at the Rose Bowl

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USC women's cross country defeated UCLA 27-28 in the Dual Meet at the Rose Bowl Thursday evening.  Junior Katerina Berdousi was the top finisher by 22 seconds pacing five Trojans who set personal bests.

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Under new head coach David Freeman, the Women of Troy are putting a renewed emphasis on distance running, and it paid off with the program's first winning meet since 2012.

"I told the women the past couple of weeks that we have a shot to win, to start visualizing winning the race," said Freeman. "Today they executed and followed the plan, and it all came to fruition. I think they are starting to get more confidence and believing that they can work as a team and really start competing at the Pac-12 level."

Here are the John McGillen photos:


Pac-12 Preview: USC vs. Arizona

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Arizona is in the Top 10 for the first time since 2010, so Tucson will be rocking Saturday night under the lights.  The Trojans will have to withstand the crowd and Rich Rodriguez's high-powered offense to regain a foothold atop the Pac-12 South standings.

Here is the Pac-12 Networks game preview with Mike Yam, Yogi Roth and Rick Neuheisel:


Women's Volley Back at Home

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

No. 20 USC women's volleyball is gearing up for a pair of home matches against Colorado and Utah at Galen Center on Friday and Saturday. Despite opening the 2014 campaign 6-0, the Women of Troy are now looking to regain momentum after going 2-6 in their last eight matches (with five losses to ranked opponents). The Trojans own a 20-1 combined overall record against Colorado and Utah and look to extend their winning ways led by Samantha Bricio (3.67 kps), Hayley Crone (5.58 aps) and Ebony Nwanebu (2.67 kps). 

For the full weekend preview, click here

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SC Classics - USC vs. Arizona in 1989

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The 1989 Trojans made it to the Rose Bowl for a third consecutive season behind a dominant defense led by the late All-American linebacker duo of Junior Seau and Scott Ross.  The USC defense was on full display in the Pac-10 clinching win over Arizona, including Cleveland Colter laying out a must-see hit.

Here is a new SC Classics for Throwback Thursday:


Mosi Tatupu to Polynesian Football HOF

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2015 this week, which included former Trojan running back/kick returner Mosiula "Mosi" Faasuka Tatupu. Tatupu played at USC from 1974 to 1978 and was then selected by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the 1978 NFL Draft, where he played for 13 seasons. 

His son Lofa, a linebacker, won a pair of national championships at USC in 2003 and 2004 and went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks. Mosi Tatupu passed away on February 23, 2010. Fellow Trojan Junior Seau was enshrined as a member of the inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame class in 2013. 

Click here for the full Polynesian Football Hall of Fame release. 

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Photo Gallery: Clippers at Galen

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The Los Angeles Clippers took over Galen Center for an intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday as they continue preparation for the upcoming NBA season.

John McGillen was there to catch Lob City: