Cardinal, Gold & Green

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USC_Football_Oregon_McGillen_11_05_16_ copy.jpgThe L.A. Memorial Coliseum, which the Trojans shared with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams this season, has hit its "Zero Waste" goal this year.

At the conclusion of tomorrow's Rams-Cardinals game, the Coliseum will become the largest NFL stadium and second-largest college stadium to meet the high sustainability goal of zero waste, which is defined as diverting 90 percent or more of waste materials from the landfill or incinerator, through recycling, composting or other repurposing.

All-in-all, stadium operators diverted more than 400,000 pounds of waste from over 1.2 million stadium guests, including up to 21 tons of waste per game.

"We're proud to be a part of a program such as the Zero Waste Initiative at the Coliseum," said USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann. "This is an opportunity for USC Athletics and our fans to lead the way in terms of taking ownership of our environmental impact on game days. Our university, fans and alumni should be proud of the success of this program."

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Trojans Beat Up on the Buffs

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Last night, USC women's basketball blew out No. 20 Colorado in its Pac-12 opener to earn its second win of the season over a ranked opponent.

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The Women of Troy got out to an early lead and went ahead by as many as 30 points on their way to a 79-54 upset. With the win, they move to 10-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.

Four players scored in double figures for the Trojans: Sadie Edwards (16), Courtney Jaco (14), Minyon Moore (12) and Aliyah Mazyck (11). Kristen Simon was just a point away from a double-double, as she posted 9 points and 11 rebounds.

In the end, USC shot 47.0 percent from the field to Colorado's 30.6.

After the huge upset, USC sets its sights on undefeated Utah. The Women of Troy host the Utes on Sunday at noon at the Galen Center. Tickets are $1 at the door!

The Last Word

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USC head coach Clay Helton has held press conference after press conference in anticipation of Monday's Rose Bowl. Finally this morning, he held his biggest and last media availability to preview the game, express his excitement for the opportunity and much more.

Undefeated No More

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No. 22 USC men's basketball suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the No. 21 Oregon Ducks last night.

The Ducks, fresh off taking down previously undefeated UCLA, topped USC, 84-61, at Matthew Knight Arena. The loss stopped the Trojans from matching their 16-0 start in 1971, as they now stand at 14-1 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.

Oregon's Dillon Brooks and Dylan Ennis contributed 48 of Oregon's 84 points, while freshman De'Anthony Melton led USC with 13. Fellow freshman Jonah Mathews followed that up with 11 points.

Oregon was hot from the floor all night, but USC kept it close early by making 11 of 11 free throw attempts in the first half. In the end, the Trojans couldn't hang with Oregon's 46.4 clip from the field. USC made a season-low 31.0 percent of its shots.

Next up for the Trojans is a home stand against the Bay Area teams. USC faces Stanford on Thursday at 8 p.m. and Cal on Sunday at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets!

Trojans Live: Rose Bowl Preview

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Trojans Live hosted a special show from the Lawry's Beef Bowl on Thursday night featuring head coach Clay Helton, All-American tackles Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler, RB Justin Davis, NT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu and Beef Bowl historian Todd Erickson.

Rose Bowl Thursday #3: Notes

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Just like the offense yesterday, the USC defensive stars and coordinator Clancy Pendergast met with the media today at a Rose Bowl press conference in Carson.

Leventhal Stat of the Week - Rose Bowl Game

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In the words of USC RB Justin Davis, "USC and the Rose Bowl go together like peanut butter and jelly."

As funny as it may sound, USC does have a more storied history in the Rose Bowl Game than perhaps any other team in the nation.

No other team has appeared in as many Rose Bowls as the Trojans, who will compete in their 33rd on Monday (not including one appearance vacated due to NCAA penalty). No team has won as many Rose Bowls either, as USC boasts 24 victories in the Granddaddy of Them All.

Not only does USC have more wins in the Rose Bowl Game than any other team in the nation --- it has more wins in the Rose Bowl Game than any team has in any single bowl game. Two of those wins came against Penn State, as USC topped the Nittany Lions, 14-3, in the 1923 Rose Bowl Game, and beat them 38-24 in 2009.

The Trojans will compete for their 25th Rose Bowl trophy on Monday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m.


Champs of Corvallis

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USC men's basketball notched a win in its Pac-12 opener last night to stay undefeated this season.

The Trojans earned their first win in Corvallis in eight tries with a 70-63 takedown of Oregon State.

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After a number of slow starts this season, the Trojans stormed out of the gate in this one, leading 24-9 at one point in the first half. USC's 17-point lead at the half tied its second largest scoring margin at the break this season.

A balanced scoring attack helped USC maintain the lead the entire game. Chimezie Metu posted a team-high 19 points and added 8 rebounds. Captain Jordan McLaughlin mustered 10 points and also notched 8 boards, and freshman Jonah Mathews continued his recent success with a 10-point outing. Through 14 games, USC has five players averaging double digit points (including F Bennie Boatwright, who hasn't played since the USD game).

Oregon State started to chip away at the big SC lead in the second half, but the Trojans got it done at the free throw line (27-of-33, 81.8 pct) to earn their nation-leading 14th win of the season.

Tomorrow, No. 22 USC takes on the No. 21 Oregon Ducks, who knocked off previously unbeaten UCLA last night. The game will be broadcast on FS1 at 7 p.m. PT.

Disneyland Day

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The Trojans were right at home in "the happiest place on Earth."


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USC OT and team captain Zach Banner was named a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American today, the organization announced.

The Senior CLASS Award celebrates senior student-athletes who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, the community, in character and in competition.

Banner received his Bachelor's degree in communication last year and is currently working on a second degree in sociology. He is interested in attending law school and pursuing entertainment law in the future.

Throughout his career at USC, Banner has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the community in Los Angeles and back home in Tacoma, WA. This season, he lent his voice to the College Football Playoff Extra Yard for Teachers foundation by recording a video message and by speaking to local elementary schoolers about the importance of education, before helping USC's Trojan Outreach program present a local teacher with a $10,000 check.

The team captain led an offensive line unit that only allowed 11 sacks, which ranked No. 6 in the nation this year. He was named a First Team All-American and recently accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Banner suits up in Cardinal & Gold for the last time on Jan. 2 at the 103rd Annual Rose Bowl Game.

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