USC Football Hosts Arizona In Regular Season Finale
Nov. 29, 2009
No. 20 USC concludes a 3-game homestand with its regular season finale against Arizona. It's the last home game for Troy's 19 seniors. The Trojans have won 7 in a row over the Wildcats, including the past 3 in the Coliseum. The game's outcome, and that of this week's other Pac-10 games (Oregon State at Oregon and California at Washington), will determine the final Pac-10 standings and subsequent post-season destinations for the Trojans and Wildcats as both teams can finish anywhere from a tie for second place to alone in sixth place. USC posted its 10th win in the past 11 tries over crosstown rival UCLA last Saturday, and the Trojan defense--behind 2-time All-American S Taylor Mays and LB Malcolm Smith--made major progress toward regaining its stinginess and ball-hawking. USC's offense features such players as true freshman QB Matt Barkley, TBs Joe McKnight (he is approaching 1,000 rushing yards in 2009) and Allen Bradford, do-it-all WR Damian Williams and OG-C Jeff Byers. USC head coach Pete Carroll is college football's second winningest active coach. USC, playing one of the nation's most challenging schedules, has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for its last 102 games. Head coach Mike Stoops' Arizona team is coming off a last-second win at rival Arizona State. The Wildcats' offense is directed by sophomore QB Nick Foles, while the UA ground attack features RBs Nic Grigsby, who is eighth on the school's career rushing chart, and Keola Antolin. Five Arizona receivers have at least 30 receptions this season: WRs Terrell Turner, David Roberts, Jon Criner, David Douglas and Delashaun Dean (Turner and Dean are in the UA career Top 10 for receptions). The Wildcats' defense is in the national Top 25 in total defense, rushing defense and sacks. UA's defensive leaders include LBs Xavier Kelley and Vuna Tuihalamaka, CBs Devin Ross and Trevin Wade, S Cam Nelson and DE Ricky Elmore, the Pac-10's sack leader. The game is nearing a sell out and will be televised live nationally on ABC-TV. The Top 20 USC women's volleyball team hosts NCAA second round play following the game.