USC 49, Arizona 9
Los Angeles - The number one college football team in America is on a mission. USC has set its sights on an undefeated season and another National Championship.
That fact is beginning to set with the Trojan opponents. After putting together a great first quarter the Arizona Wildcats were forced to watch the Trojans explode for 49 points.
It took us a while to figure them out, they are a good team. They gave us some trouble early, but weve got control of it, said an elated Pete Carroll.
The crowd of 80,167 braved the Saturday evening chill to watch their Trojans do what theyve done to all ten of its opponents so far this season. Figure them out and put the game out of reach.
USC (10-0) (7-0) conference is off to its best start since 1988. Saturdays win clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title, its third conference title in three years.
Saturdays win also was pushed USCs winning streak to 19 games, the second longest in school history.
Arizona held the Trojans scoreless through the first quarter and led 3-0 on a 48-yard field goal by by kicker Nick Folk. The Wildcats offense was effective at times, but couldn't get into the end zone.
We werent very good....we didnt execute very well and they can hurt you in so many ways. They have so many weapons, its trouble when you dont execute. said Arizona first year head coach Mike Stoops.
Stoops, the brother of Oklahomas Bob Stoops, is a former assistant at Oklahoma took over the troubled Wildcat program this season. Ive been on both sides, they can attack you in so many ways. They have so many ways to disrupt what youre trying to do that its tough. continued Stoops.
USC hasnt missed a beat since their 2003 Championship season. Many believe that they are a better team than last season. Quarterback Matt Leinart is not having the great statistical year that he had last year, but it can be argued that his overall play is superior to last years effort.
Many believe that Leinart is the best player in college football this season and will win the Heisman in December.
Young players like Freshman Dwayne Jarrett have blossomed. Jarrett has become a legitimate deep threat filling the void left by the departure of All-America Mike Williams putting to rest one of the early season concerns.
The Trojan offense reached a season high 585 total yards including 369 yards passing.
Jarrett caught 6 passes for 144 yards, his second career 100 yard receiving game and giving him 10 touchdowns on the year, the second most ever by a USC freshman.
The offense has scored at least 40 points five times this season. The Trojans are looking strong coming down the stretch and definitely peaking at the precise time to win another National Championship
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