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Kickin' It With Keidane - Week 14

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USC women's soccer earned two NCAA Tournament wins this weekend to advance to the program's first Elite 8 since 2007. The Trojans beat Texas A&M in PKs and edged Utah in a 1-0 nail-biter to move on.

Head coach Keidane McAlpine sat down to preview this Friday's matchup with Auburn, a team USC beat 2-0 earlier this season. Check out the latest episode of Kickin' It With Keidane:

Outstanding Offensive Line

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USC's offensive line was named a semifinalist for the 2016 Joe Moore Award, given annually to the top offensive line unit in college football.

The Trojan offensive line, comprising LT Chad Wheeler, LG Damien Mama, C Nico Falah, RG Viane Talamaivao and RT Zach Banner (with occasional help from Chris Brown, Jordan Simmons and Chuma Edoga) was one of 18 units to make the semifinals.

USC has allowed 11 sacks in 11 games, tied for ninth in the nation and tops in the Pac-12. USC is fifth in the nation in sack percentage, only allowing a sack on 2.82% of QB drop backs this year.

The offensive line has helped the offense gain an average of 474.1 yards per game and 207.3 rush yards per game.

The unit has also given freshman QB Sam Darnold ample time to throw, helping him connect on 68.3 percent of his passes, which is second-best in the Pac-12 and No. 1 among all freshmen in the nation.

The Joe Moore Award will name its finalists on Nov. 29.

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MVP McQuin

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After leading his team to the title, USC men's water polo goalie McQuin Baron was named the MVP of the MPSF Tournament yesterday.

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Baron racked up 33 saves in two games this weekend (16 vs. Stanford, 17 vs. UCLA) to lead his team to two victories. His efforts made him the first Trojan named top dog at the tournament since Nikola Vavic in 2013.

While Baron was named the tournament's top goalie, his teammates Nick Bell and Blake Edwards also made the MPSF All-Tournament Team. Bell scored once against Penn State Behrend and twice against UCLA. Edwards, who also made the all-tournament team last season, scored one goal in each game.

Thanks to their tournament win, the Trojans earned a spot in the NCAA semifinals, which take place on Dec. 3 in Berkeley, CA.

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Clay Helton Q&A: Notre Dame

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USC head coach Clay Helton has his Trojans on a seven-game win streak and in position to win the Pac-12 South, with a little help from Utah. Yesterday, he sat down to discuss what he wants to improve upon from the UCLA game, Notre Dame's strengths, and more:

Poly Pride

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USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster was named a finalist for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award today, a nice surprise on his 20th birthday.

The award is given annually to the most outstanding Polynesian player in college football who epitomizes great ability and integrity. Smith-Schuster, who is of Samoan ancestry, was chosen as one of five finalists from a watch list of nearly 40 players.

Smith-Schuster leads the Trojans with 58 catches for 758 receiving yards and 8 TD this season. This year, he moved up to No. 6 in USC's all-time receptions rankings.

The Long Beach, CA native aims to become just the third ever recipient of the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, which was given inaugurally to Oregon QB Marcus Mariota in 2014 and to Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley in 2015.

The winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 8 and will be honored at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on Jan. 20-21 in Oahu, Hawai'i.

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Rainy Rose Cup

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USC Trojan Outreach and the women's tennis team partnered up to host the fifth annual Rose Cup on Sunday to benefit USC's Norris Cancer Center.

Women's tennis raised $4,000 to fund breast cancer research this year. Due to the rare heavy rain, the tennis tournament portion of the event was canceled, but nearly 100 USC student-athletes and staff members got together to eat lunch and celebrate the generosity of donors.

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Jackson to Atlanta

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USC CB Adoree' Jackson has been named a finalist for the 2016 Thorpe Award and will travel to Atlanta for the College Football Awards on Dec. 8.

Jackson is one of three finalists for the nation's best defensive back award along with Michigan's Jourdan Lewis and LSU's Tre'Davious White. Jackson has 49 tackles on the season, including 2 TFL. He leads the team with 4 interceptions, 9 passes broken up and 13 passes defended.

Two of those interceptions came against UW QB Jake Browning, who only had 3 INT on the season heading into the game. Jackson also snagged an eye-popping INT that swung the momentum in USC's favor.

Jackson is the fourth Trojan to be named a finalist for the Thorpe Award, joining S Taylor Mays in 2008, S Troy Polamalu in 2002 and S Mark Carrier, who won the award in 1989.

The Home Depot College Football Awards will air on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. PT.

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12:30 Kick for Notre Dame

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USC's regular season finale at the Coliseum vs. Notre Dame will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PT Saturday and will be broadcast on ABC. The game will also be carried on ESPN 710 radio.

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SooHoo Gallery: USC vs. UCLA

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USC vs. UCLA under the Rose Bowl lights is a picture perfect setting for legendary Los Angeles sports photographer Jon SooHoo.

Enjoy his photos:


Trojan of the Game vs. UCLA: De'Quan Hampton

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When De'Quan Hampton woke up on Saturday morning, he had zero career touchdown catches. When he went to a bed, he was a USC hero.

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