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Homecoming Kicks at 3 p.m.

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USC's Homecoming game on October 18 against Colorado in the Coliseum will kick off at 3 p.m. PT. It will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.

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The Trojans are 8-0 all-time against the Buffaloes, including a record-setting day for Matt Barkley (pictured) and Robert Woods in 2012.

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Photo Gallery: Soccer's Home Split

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No. 18 USC women's soccer split its weekend home matches with the mountain schools dropping Friday's contest to Colorado 1-0 before bouncing back Sunday with a 2-0 win over Utah.  The Women of Troy controlled the action against the Buffaloes, but could not push one over the line until Sunday when Alex Quincey slammed in a brace to beat the Utes.

Click here for the recap.

The Trojans are a promising 8-2-2 on the season and 2-1 in Pac-12 play.  The competition ramps up considerably this week with No. 12 California (Friday at Noon) and No. 3 Stanford (Sunday at 3 p.m.) coming to McAlister Field.

Here are the John McGillen photos from USC vs. Colorado:


McGillen Galleries: USC vs. ASU

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John McGillen was in the Coliseum to capture a dramatic night as the Trojans were gutted at the buzzer by an Arizona State Hail Mary.






6-Points: ASU 38, USC 34

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The Trojans are stunned by a game-winning Hail Mary on the game's final play.

Click here for the recap and final stats.

Click here for the post-game press conference.

Stunner

FINAL-asu-score2.jpgA week after completing the first Hail Mary in modern USC history, the Trojans were burned by the same play in the final seconds.  Senior TE Randall Telfer described a "stunned, sick feeling" after seeing ASU WR Jaelen Strong snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat for the visiting Sun Devils.  The Trojans were conflicted defensively having to stop a potential sideline route and the end zone.  "We got a little confused. Some guys were on different pages," said safety Gerald Bowman. "We have to finish. That's the number one thing."

Two Games

For 57 minutes, the Trojans did enough to be in a winning position, but back-to-back defensive mishaps will be the lasting memory from a lost night at the Coliseum.  "You've got to play every minute and play until the last second, and unfortunately, Arizona State came up with a big play and I commend them for that," said Telfer. The Sun Devils actually came up with two big plays.  On the previous possession, Cameron Smith caught a 73-yard touchdown pass, which took only 14 seconds and kept hope alive for ASU.  "In the end, it's the old adage, that's why you play 60 minutes," said head coach Steve Sarkisian.

The First 57 on D

As for the first 57 minutes, the USC defense held the Pac-12's top rushing attack to 31 yards for the game. "During the week, we felt like we were challenged," said Bowman. "We wanted to make sure that the guys up front played physical, make sure they stopped the run game, and for the most part, that's what they did."  The Trojans never found a real match for Strong, who had 10 catches for 202 yards and 3 TDs.

The First 57 on O

The offense was in balance again with 220 yards rushing and 273 yards passing.  Buck Allen has topped 100 all-purpose yards in every game this season, and he was tremendous again tonight with 143 yards rushing and 86 yards receiving.  Cody Kessler showed a lot of guts using his legs, while Justin Davis (14 carries for 67 yards) and Nelson Agholor (9 catches for 85 yards plus a punt return TD) were two more positives. On the negative side, the Trojans settled for two field goals in four red zone trips.  "In our mind, field goals won't cut it, and it was kind of apparent in this game," said Telfer.

Now What

The Trojans are down but not out. "We'll dwell on it for a little while, but after that, we have to get back to preparing for Arizona," said Telfer.  USC can get back in the Pac-12 South driver's seat with a win against undefeated Arizona in Tucson next Saturday.  "We will bounce back," said Sarkisian.  "We will fight back.  And, we will play a tremendous game next Saturday night."

Wild Year

Every Pac-12 team save for Arizona has a conference loss and the season is still in the early stages.  The Pac-12 is not alone in the carnage as 11 of the Top 25 lost this week.  While the situation seemed devastating walking off the Coliseum field tonight, there is still a lot of football to be played.  "It leaves us with one loss in conference play. It leaves us stinging with a sick feeling in our gut. It leaves us with a chance to show who we are," Sarkisian summed it up. 

Here are the USC highlights from tonight...


2014: Arizona State Sun Devils

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The Trojans look to avenge last year's loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils in another tough PAC-12 battle. To get you ready for this heated rematch, here is your Friday Night Video. #BeatTheSunDevils


2014 Game 5: USC vs. Arizona State

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Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1, 1-1) at No. 16 USC Trojans (3-1, 2-0)

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 4:30 p.m. on FOX

Sun Devil to Watch: Junior RB D.J. Foster

Foster-ASU.jpgThe Pac-12's leading rusher is the most dangerous weapon in Arizona State's potent attack.  While Foster is averaging 135 yards per game on the ground, his versatility in the passing game is his greatest strength.  He averages four catches for 52 yards per game as a receiver making him the No. 1 all-purpose talent in the conference (187 yards per game).

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3 Keys

The Stopper

In last year's 62-41 win by Arizona State, the Sun Devils deployed their running backs more effectively as receivers than rushers.  Marion Grice and Foster accounted for 116 receiving yards and 103 rushing yards plus 5 touchdowns. To counteract Foster, Justin Wilcox has a versatile weapon of his own in Su'a Cravens.  Now as an outside linebacker, Cravens can be an extra man in the box to stop the run game, but also use his superior cover skills to keep Foster out of the passing game.

Be Strong

Jaelen Strong presents another match-up nightmare for the Trojans.  At 6-foot-3, he is a big, physical target who used his size on back shoulder fade routes to reel in 7 catches for 103 yards last year against USC.  Without Josh Shaw, the Trojans are not very big at corner, so Kevon Seymour, Chris Hawkins and Adoree' Jackson will have to rely on their technique and leaping ability to deter Strong.  Of course, if the Trojans' pass rush can get to Mike Bercovici, who is less mobile than Taylor Kelly, they can cut off the supply line to Strong.

Scorch the Devils

It's going to be a hot one!  With 95-degree temperatures expected and two uptempo offenses, this Pac-12 South showdown could devolve into a fitness competition.  ASU QB Mike Bercovici chided his friend Antwaun Woods and the USC defense saying, "They're not going to be saying anything about anything because they're going to be sucking wind."  To beat the heat, Steve Sarkisian plans on digging deep into his roster to rotate players, but the best scenario would be to grab an early lead.  The team playing uphill will feel the sun burn even deeper.

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Stevens Academic Center Spotlight: Jamie Fink

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

USC athletes are more than just champions on the field, court, diamond and pool, they're champions in the classroom as well. Throughout the year, we will get to know some of these scholarly Trojans a little better in our student-athlete spotlight.

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Year: Junior
Sport:
Women's Soccer
Major:
Communications

Sarah Bergstrom (SB): I always like to ask people how they ended up at USC. I know your sister played tennis here, was she the reason you became a Trojan?

Jamie Fink (JF):
Actually, no. I love to be different than my sister so I was actually looking to go somewhere different than my sister. But when I visited USC, I just saw myself here. I was so in awe by everything this school had, from top academics to a great soccer team to a great football team. I love the camaraderie and tradition that is at USC.

SB:
Did you come in knowing you wanted to be a Communications major?

JF:
No I didn't. I had no idea what I wanted to be but I though that I might want to do something on camera. My coaches told me I should probably be a Communications major, and I took some classes and I absolutely fell in love with the program. I really enjoy Annenberg. I would love to do sports broadcasting because it's so close to my heart with soccer.

SB:
As an athlete it can be hard to find time to do an internship or pursue elements of your major outside of class. Have you had a chance to intern or even just talk with professionals in the broadcast field while you've been at USC?

JF:
Yeah I actually do little interviews after our games. It's called "Free Kicks with Fink" and it's a good way for me to get some experience on camera. I also had an internship with Fox Sports this summer where I worked with highlights and Fox Sports Live. It was a good chance to see what I want to do and what I don't want to do.

SB: What were some of the things you realized you do or don't want to do?

JF:  During my internship I had to work off camera. I had to find clips and put everything together. It was so stressful and tedious. I realized I definitely didn't want to do that. But I got to shadow talent sometimes and work with them off the camera and I thought that was really cool.

SB: Is there anyone in the sports broadcasting industry that you currently look up to?

JF: I think I'm still trying to figure that out a little. Well, obviously Erin Andrews. She has an awesome job. And Julie Foudy, she played soccer and now she's in broadcasting which is exactly what I want to do.

SB: Transitioning to soccer a bit, there's been a lot of change that's happened in the three years that you've been here. How have you seen your team grow and change in that time and what do you think about where you are at right now?

JF: Our environment is completely different. I think we're more so enjoying the game now and are so much calmer. Our chemistry has gotten so much stronger, we really do things for each other and make the littlest sacrifices that ultimately make the biggest impact.

SB: What has your new head coach, Keidane McAlpine, brought to this program?

JF: He just wants us to love the game and love what we do. He pushes us to be the best players we can be and to challenge ourselves in order to get there. I think he just instills the fun aspect in it. You can tell at practice that everyone's smiling now. It's just the little things. I think with fun comes more passion for the game. People are starting to step out of their comfort zones and are really challenging themselves to be the best players they can be.

SB: Do you ever see anything that you learn on the soccer field transition to the classroom?

JF: Competitiveness for sure. In soccer, I compete so hard with my opponents and then in the classroom I strive to do the same. I am always trying to get the best grade and I try to be the best I can be in there as well.

SB: What has been the biggest difference in transitioning to becoming an upperclassman and a girl that other teammates look to?

JF: It's definitely been a hard transition for me and I'm still learning how to really take on that leadership role. It's a good experience and I know that outside of soccer, in the business world, it will be good to know how to be a good leader. But it's been a fun transition too. The girls from my previous years have taught me a lot and I've learned what to do and what not to do from them.

SB: What is some advice you would give to a girl who's maybe thinking about coming here or to a younger member of your team about balancing soccer and school?

JF: I always tell people, 'You are a student-athlete. The student comes before the athlete. You come to USC for the academics and then your sport follows.' A sport will be there, but it won't be there your whole life. Your education will help you forever.

SB: Your team is off to a stellar start this season, what are your aspirations as a group and what do you think your team is capable of?

JF: We are capable of a lot. We are trying to take it one game at a time and keep our focus there. We just want to keep improving and progressing and make it to the NCAA tournament, that's our first small goal. Hopefully winning the PAC-12 and the NCAA tournament will follow.

A Day at the Coliseum

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From start to finish, here is an Epic look at the USC vs. Oregon State game...


Throwback Thursday: Swanny

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Defend McAlister

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No. 23 USC women's soccer has been on a roll since the first kick this season and now the Women of Troy can build on their good start to the season with five consecutive Pac-12 home matches.  The Trojans (7-1-2) begin their defense of McAlister Field against Colorado (Friday at 3 p.m.) and Utah (Sunday at 3 p.m.) this weekend.

Here is head coach Keidane McAlpine's weekly update: