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By the Numbers: Mighty Men of Troy

By J. Ryan Casey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, October 7, 2005
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You may already know this, but the Southern California Trojans enter this game as winners of their past 26 games.

They've won 22 straight at home - but you knew that.

You probably know that in Pacific 10 Conference play, the Trojans have won 17 straight overall and 15 in a row at home.

But here are some things you may not know heading into tomorrow's Arizona-USC game:

  • The mighty Trojans have not only been ranked for the past 36 games, they've been in The Associated Press top 10 for each contest - not to mention being in the AP top five for 38 of the last 40 polls. Oh, yeah - they've also been the No. 1 team in the land for 22 straight polls.

  • Sixteen different publications picked USC to win the National Championship this year and become the only team in the history of college football to take three straight titles.

  • USC quarterback Matt Leinart is 29-1 as a starter and needs just four passing touchdowns to break the all-time Pac-10 mark. He already holds the USC mark with 81.

  • Arizona quarterback Richard Kovalcheck has thrown for three touchdowns twice in his career, including two weeks ago against Purdue. Leinart? He's done it 16 times.

  • Arizona leads the Pac-10 in passing defense, allowing only 157.5 yards passing per game.

  • Through four games, the Wildcats have improved from the same period last season in scoring, first downs, passing yards and total offense.

  • When USC holds its opponent to less than 300 yards of total offense, the Trojans are 23-0 under head coach Pete Carroll. Last year, USC held to the Wildcats to 255 yards in a 49-9 defeat in Los Angeles.

  • Arizona is 1-0 this year when leading after the first quarter. The Wildcats led 3-0 over the Trojans after the first 15 minutes of last season's matchup.

  • USC hasn't allowed a pass completion longer than 43 yards in 53 quarters - that's more than 13 games. Arizona's longest pass this season? 42 yards, from Kovalcheck to freshman receiver Mike Thomas against NAU Sept. 10.

  • The Trojans have had 21 scoring drives take less than three minutes, 10 of which were for 80 or more yards.

  • The Wildcats have scored 79 points this season. The Trojans put 70 points in against Arkansas on Sept. 17 - not to mention 77 in the third quarter, 140 in the second half and 216 overall.

  • Arizona's all-time record in Pac-10 games is 103-103-6.

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