Fifth-year Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian, who previously spent 7 years as an assistant at USC, including on the 2003 national championship squad and 2 seasons as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator, has been named USC’s head coach, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden announced today (Dec. 2). Sarkisian and Haden will meet with the media at 2 p.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 3) in the John McKay Center.
Javorius Allen rushed for 123 yards and a score for the Trojans, but No. 23 USC fell 35-14 to their crosstown rival No. 22 UCLA on Saturday night. This is the second straight season UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) has won the crosstown rivalry. USC (9-4, 6-3) had won five straight in their revitalized season under interim coach Ed Orgeron. Cody Kessler passed for 174 yards and hit Xavier Grimble with a TD pass for USC. But its defense couldn’t handle Brett Hundley, who rushed for 80 yards, passed for 208 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Bruins.
No. 23 USC hosts No. 22 UCLA on Thanksgiving weekend in the 83rd renewal of the famous crosstown rivalry. Besides setting claim to year-long city bragging rights, both teams are angling for post-season bowl berths (also at stake are possession of the Victory Bell and points in the Crosstown Gauntlet standings). UCLA has won just twice in the last 14 matchups against USC and Troy’s last loss to the Bruins in the Coliseum was in 1997. A Trojan victory would give USC its second 10-win season in the past 3 years (and its 25th overall).
|Aug 29||at Hawaii||8:00 CBS Sports Network||30-13 Win|
|Sept 7||Washington State||7:30 FOX Sports 1||7-10 Loss|
|Sept 14||Boston College||12:00 Pac-12 Network||35-7 Win|
|Sept 21||Utah State||12:30 ABC/ESPN2||17-14 Win|
|Sept 28||at ASU||7:30 ESPN2||41-62 Loss|
|Oct 10||Arizona||7:30 FOX Sports 1||38-31 Win|
|Oct 19||at Notre Dame||4:30 NBC||10-14 Loss|
|Oct 26||Utah||1:00 Pac-12 Network||19-3 Win|
|Nov 1||at Oregon State||6:00 ESPN2||31-14 Win|
|Nov 9||at Cal||12:00 FOX||62-28 Win|
|Nov 16||Stanford||5:00 ABC||20-17 Win|
|Nov 23||at Colorado||6:30 Pac-12 Network||47-29 Win|
|Nov 30||UCLA||5:00 ABC||14-35 Loss|
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