UNFILTERED: Washington St.

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Inside the Pullman fog, USC blew away Washington State to pickup win No. 6. Here is an UNFILTERED look at the latest victory:

2014 NFL Week 9

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The Best of the Week

Mark Sanchez, QB, Eagles - 15/22 for 202 yards and 2 TDs

Mark-Sanchez-Eagles-Texans-TD.jpgAfter Nick Foles broke his collarbone in the first half, Sanchez came off the bench to lead Philadelphia to a 31-21 victory in Houston.  "The Sanchize" could enjoy a nice second act to his career under Chip Kelly.  He is slated to be the Eagles starter for at least the next two months with Matt Barkley serving as the backup. 

Best of the Rest

Everson Griffen, DE, Vikings - 6 tackles (5 solo), 2 TFLs including a sack and 3 QB hits

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals - 22/34 for 249 yards and 3 TDs

Rhett Ellison, TE, Vikings - 4 catches for 30 yards

Devon Kennard, OLB, Giants - 4 tackles (3 solo) including one for loss

Mike Morgan, LB, Seahawks - 4 solo tackles including one for loss

Shareece Wright, CB, Chargers - 3 tackles (2 solo) and a pass defended

Marcus Martin, C, 49ers - First career start

Boys done came a long way..🙌 My dawg @therealdoublems #staytuned #FIGHTON #AGNB

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Leonard for Lombardi

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USC DE Leonard Williams made the Lombardi Award cut as one of 12 semifinalists for the National Defensive Player of the Year.  Williams leads the Trojans with 4.5 sacks, and he is considered by ESPN's Todd McShay to be the top NFL prospect in all of college football.

Click here for the Lombardi list.

This year, the Lombardi Award has a fan component, so please click here to support Williams' campaign.  The award also supports cancer research and those affected by cancer, which claimed the life of Vince Lombardi.


Soccer in the Spotlight

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With football on a bye week, it is all about USC women's soccer which is taking over the Coliseum on Friday night for a rivalry showdown with UCLA (7:30 p.m. kickoff).

Click here for $5 tickets.

The Women of Troy are carrying the momentum of a four-match winning streak, which has them firmly in the NCAA Tournament field of 64. Plus, Katie Johnson and Caroline Stanley were named the Pac-12 Player and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively. 

Head coach Keidane McAlpine will be on Trojans Live at The Lab tonight, but you can see his weekly Q&A here first.

Only Good Surprises

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USC partnered with StubHub to have some fun with the Trojan Family at a recent Coliseum home game.  These are real fans and real pranks that end with a good surprise courtesy of StubHub.

Cardiac Kids

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USC women's soccer has found its finishing kick.  The Women of Troy went through a stretch of losing four of five matches because they could not convert late game pressure into goals, but now the Trojans have found that winning formula.

The Women of Troy are riding a four-game winning streak after beating No. 17 Washington in Seattle and No. 22 Washington State in Pullman.  Katie Johnson delivered the match-winner in the Palouse in the final minute a week after the Trojans defeated Oregon and Oregon State in overtime.

"I am extremely happy for our team because on a day where we weren't great, we found a way to win and this time of year that is all that matters," said head coach Keidane McAlpine about the win over the Cougars.

With only one game to go, the Women of Troy already have a compelling tournament resume.  They can put an exclamation point on the regular season with a win Friday night under the Coliseum lights (kickoff at 7:30).

Here is Jamie Fink after the win over the Huskies:

Happy Halloween for Volley

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No. 20 USC women's volleyball enjoyed Halloween night by besting Washington State in four sets at Galen Center.  Once again, the Women of Troy were paced by Samantha Bricio (19 kills and 10 digs), who now has 12 double-doubles on the season, but she was joined in that category by Alice Pizzasegola (28 assists and 10 digs) and Elise Ruddins (11 kills and 13 digs).

Click here for the recap.

This week, USC travels to Utah (Friday at 5 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks) and Colorado (Sunday at 11 a.m. on Pac-12 Networks).

Here is Bricio on Pac-12 Networks after the win:

Sarkisian Q&A: WSU/Bye

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USC has a modified bye week coming up with the next game against Cal at the Coliseum on Thursday, November 13.  Head coach Steve Sarkisian discussed the win over Wazzu and the plans going forward in his weekly Q&A.

Photo Gallery: Epic Night at Uytengsu

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USC men's water polo has battled back and forth with UCLA in three matches this season, but the Trojans lost the latest encounter (10-8) to the Bruins on Sunday night.  The result seesaws the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup standings (15-10) back in favor of UCLA for the time being with Friday's soccer showdown at the Coliseum next on the docket.

Click here for the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup official site and results page.

Nevertheless, the atmosphere was electric at Uytengsu and the John McGillen photos paint the picture.

National Nods for Buck and Leo

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With USC's ninth game in the books, award season is getting closer and closer. On Monday, two of the nation's most prestigious awards, the Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Awards announced their 2014 semifinalists and two Trojans made the cut.

To view the full release and list of semifinalists, click here.

Redshirt junior Buck Allen was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year. The running back has run for over 100 yards in six straight games and is the only player in college football to have over 100 yards from scrimmage in all nine games this season.

Defensive end Leonard Williams was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. The junior leads the Trojans in sacks (4.5) and is second on the team in total tackles (54).

Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 24, 2014.