USC aims for faster starts as schedule shifts to Washington State |Sep 24, 2017

Clay Helton began his weekly teleconference on Sunday evening by acknowledging one of USC’s characteristics of the early season. “You’re very, very happy again when you see a team finishing in the fourth quarter,” said Helton, the Trojans’ coach, “That’s kind of been our hallmark.

USC finds dependable young receiver ... at tailback |Sep 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> There was a lot of extra work going on at USC after Tuesday’s practice. Quarterback Sam Darnold threw passes to a quartet of wide receivers. Offensive coordinator Tee Martin worked with a group of receivers in a corner of the field.

Sam Darnold, USC no strangers to second-half comebacks |Sep 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> It has been a recent phenomenon. In three of USC’s past four victories, stretching to last January’s Rose Bowl win, its offense has been forced to overcome late deficits.

What’s next for USC football? The Cal Golden Bears |Sep 17, 2017

No. 5 USC (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at Cal (3-0, 0-0) When: 12:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley TV/Radio: KABC/7/710 AM USC update: Twelve seasons after falling in heartbreaking fashion to Texas in the Rose Bowl, ending its hopes of an unprecedented third consecutive national championship, the Trojans exacted some sort of revenge Saturday night at the Coliseum.

USC’s defense withstands rash of injuries in win over Texas, but road tests await |Sep 17, 2017

Texas stood 3 yards from the goal line, poised to score its second touchdown of overtime, when USC’s defense made a stop. A quarterback draw sent Sam Ehlinger, the Longhorns’ freshman passer, running up the middle.

Porter Gustin, days removed from toe surgery, has two sacks vs. against Texas |Sep 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Porter Gustin, USC’s junior outside linebacker, had surgery on Wednesday to have two screws implanted in a fracture in his big toe. Gustin, as a result, did not practice during the week before the Trojans hosted Texas.

Wolf: USC football escapes despite coaching miscues |Sep 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> There are times you can argue a mannequin standing on a sideline would do less damage than a coach. Especially at USC. It’s the best possible answer to explain how an elite Trojans team could be pushed to the limit by a Texas team forced to start a true freshman backup quarterback Saturday at the Coliseum.

USC tops Texas in 2OT thriller |Sep 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> USC and Texas have a flair for the dramatics. In the teams’ first meeting since dueling for the national championship 12 seasons ago in a Rose Bowl classic, considered one of the greatest games in college football history, the rematch came down to the final moments on Saturday night and to the leg of a freshman walk-on.

Miller: Sam Darnold, Trojans survive scare the size of Texas |Sep 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Vince Young had an entire fourth to make his magic. Sam Darnold had 39 seconds … and no timeouts. USC’s sophomore quarterback led the Trojans back from the brink of disaster Saturday, engineering a tying drive in the closing minute of regulation, allowing his team to survive Texas in two overtimes, 27-24.

USC football seeks selective respect in rematch with Texas |Sep 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES>> When the College Football Playoff selection committee passed over Big Ten champion Penn State last December in favor of Ohio State for one of the four bids, Kirby Hocutt, its chairman, pointed to one prominent reason: the Buckeyes’ marquee nonconference victory.

Deontay Burnett takes winding road to become Trojans’ top receiver |Sep 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Deontay Burnett, then a senior at Serra High in Gardena, sat in a history class when he needed to answer his cell phone. It was the morning of Feb. 4, 2015, college football’s national signing day, when prospects can sign their names on national letters of intent, the last hurrah of the recruiting cycle.

USC football wary of post-Stanford letdown |Sep 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES>> For USC, it has rarely been easy to face Stanford over the past decade. It also hasn’t been easy to face the next opponent. In the three previous seasons, the Trojans matched up Stanford four times and went 1-3 against the Cardinal.

Could USC football repeat its biggest backfield mistake? |Sep 14, 2017

Notes and observations as USC and Texas prepare for a game that can’t possibly match their 2006 encounter ... LOS ANGELES >> You might be surprised to hear which USC coach was in tears in the locker room immediately after the Trojans lost to Texas, 41-38, in the BCS title game.

Memories of Rose Bowl loss to Texas still fresh for Trojans |Sep 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Chris Hawkins cried. “I for sure did,” said Hawkins, a senior safety for USC. “It was a sad time in USC history.” Cameron Smith was laying on the floor in front of family’s TV set.

Sam Darnold leads USC over rival Stanford |Sep 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> It was unscripted and unflinching. USC quarterback Sam Darnold ran away from Stanford’s pass rush, scanned for a target, then fluttered a pass toward the end-zone pylon.

Wolf: USC quarterback Sam Darnold erases everyone else’s mistakes |Sep 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES - Imagine a USC team without Sam Darnold. The thought might scare you if you are a Trojan fan. But just think how happy defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams John Baxter must be knowing they have a superstar to erase any of their errors on a weekly basis.

USC without TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe in Pac-12 opening win vs. Stanford |Sep 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> USC quarterback Sam Darnold was without one of his top receiving targets in Saturday’s Pac-12 opening 42-24 win against Stanford. Daniel Imatorbhebhe was out because of a sore hip flexor, an injury that has nagged the third-year sophomore tight end since training camp.

Trojans refuse to repeat Cardinal sins |Sep 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Rasheem Green said it was a week of sacrifice. Maybe you don’t take that post-practice nap. Maybe you realize that the  XBox will still be there after Saturday. Maybe you go to the computer and cue up the tape and try to find the keys to the kingdom, try to learn why Stanford’s offense looks so old and yet works so new, sort of like USC Village.

USC happy Christian McCaffrey is gone but slowing Stanford is still no cinch |Sep 8, 2017

Christian McCaffrey torpedoed USC’s defense the last two seasons. As Stanford upended the Trojans three times in 2016 and 2015, McCaffrey tallied 970 all-purpose yards. How tough was it to bring down the elusive running back? Reporters covering the Pac-12 championship game in 2015 overheard then-USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and other coaches swearing in an adjacent press box booth at Levi’s Stadium.

Stanford at USC: Scouting report, prediction |Sep 8, 2017

NO. 14 STANFORD AT NO. 6 USC When: Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Where: Coliseum TV/Radio: Fox/11; 710 AM Records: Stanford (1-0); USC (1-0) STANFORD STATS QB Keller Chryst 14-24, 253 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT RB Bryce Love 13-180, 1 TD WR Connor Wedington 6-82, 0 TD DT Harrison Phillips 5 tackles LB Sean Barton 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack Stanford injury report: DOUBTFUL: CB Terrence Alexander (forearm), RT A.

Stanford shocks USC: The 2007 upset and its impact |Sep 7, 2017

Ten years ago, on the day before a titanic shift in the football rivalry between USC and Stanford, Lawrence Jackson was riding in the elevator of a downtown Los Angeles hotel, where the Trojans were spending the night.

Wolf: Sometimes USC football makes things difficult for itself |Sep 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Here are some notes and observations as USC enters the game that might shape its season even though it is only Week 2. One of the bad story lines emerging from the Western Michigan game was the Trojans’ defense suffering miscommunication as sophomore Jordan Iosefa called defensive signals for the first time in his career with Cameron Smith suspended for the first half.

Cameron Smith’s experience invaluable for USC against Stanford |Sep 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Cameron Smith, reviewing USC’s season-opening win over Western Michigan after a practice this week, was left to shrug. “That was one of the more weird games I’ve played in,” said Smith, the Trojans’ junior linebacker and defensive captain.

UCLA quarterback among four to be inducted into Rose Bowl Hall of Fame |Sep 6, 2017

PASADENA — Former UCLA quarterback Cade McNown, former Texas coach Mack Brown and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson will be among four men inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, the Tournament of Roses announced.

Wolf: 10 things USC football must fix going into Stanford |Sep 6, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> USC performed below expectations against Western Michigan, but there was a silver lining heading into Saturday’s Stanford game. The seventh-ranked Trojans have a relatively easy fix-it list before facing the 14th-ranked Cardinal.

What’s next for USC blind snapper Jake Olson? |Sep 6, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Jake Olson held the leash of his guide dog, Quebec, standing in front of reporters and TV cameramen on Wednesday evening at Howard Jones Field when he gazed toward the future. “I don’t want to leave this place without at least getting to snap against a live rush,” Olson said.

Jake Olson, USC blind long snapper, named Pac-12 special teams player of the week |Sep 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Jake Olson, USC’s blind long snapper, made his college debut in the Trojans’ season-opening win over Western Michigan on Saturday when he snapped an extra point late in the fourth quarter.

USC needs to give freshman WR Joseph Lewis a bigger role |Sep 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> It’s one game into the season but USC needs something to shake up its wide receiver corps. That doesn’t mean the starting trio of Deontay Burnett, Jalen Greene and Steven Mitchell should be benched or will not improve each week.

USC to lean on Ronald Jones, running game against Stanford |Sep 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Of the 159 rushing yards Ronald Jones amassed in USC’s season-opening victory over Western Michigan, 122 came after contact. Deland McCullough, the Trojans’ running backs coach, took notice.

USC’s run defense emerges as concern with Stanford on horizon |Sep 4, 2017

Western Michigan rushed for 263 yards against USC last Saturday. The last time the Trojans allowed so many in one game? Last season’s Pac-12 opener at Stanford. Who’s next on the schedule? Stanford.

What’s next for USC football? The Stanford Cardinal |Sep 3, 2017

No. 4 USC (1-0) vs. No. 14 Stanford (1-0) When: 5:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Coliseum Watch/listen: Fox/11, KSPN/710 USC update: The Trojans emerged from their opening Saturday unscathed, securing a 49-31 victory over Western Michigan, but they were never comfortably ahead until the final minutes.

Sam Darnold, new USC receivers look to form chemistry after uneven season opener |Sep 3, 2017

On a pivotal game-tying drive late in the third quarter of USC’s 49-31 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday, the Trojans’ offense needed 17 yards for a first down. So Sam Darnold found Deontay Burnett.

USC football vs. Western Michigan: Live updates and chat |Sep 2, 2017

Live updates from the USC football game vs. Western Michigan, Saturday, Sept. 2. Trouble viewing on mobile? See full stream.

Stephen Carr helps USC avoid scare with opening win vs. Western Michigan |Sep 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Stephen Carr was 2 yards past the line of scrimmage when Justin Tranquill, a Western Michigan safety, drew closer to make a tackle. Carr, USC’s heralded freshman running back, shuffled his feet, made a quick cut inside to his left and scuttled upfield.

USC offers plenty of weak spots for future opponents |Sep 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Eight months of hype met reality Saturday at the Coliseum as USC demonstrated again why you cannot simply judge a team by preseason polls or internet All-Americans. The Trojans defeated Western Michigan, 49-31, but the final margin masked previously known and unknown weaknesses for a team expected to play for a national championship.

Ronald Jones is strong enough to carry erratic Trojans |Sep 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> It was an excellent day to lose 10 pounds. It was almost an excellent day to lose a football season. Ronald Jones II. had pre-planned for this 98-degree brain bake at the Coliseum.

Jake Olson, blind long snapper, makes college debut a successful one |Sep 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Late in the fourth quarter of USC’s 49-31 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday, Jake Olson was spotted along the north sideline. Olson, a third-year sophomore long snapper, bent his knees and hunched over a football, shuttling it back 8 yards to Wyatt Schmidt, the holder.

Highlights from USC’s victory over Western Michigan |Sep 2, 2017

USC avoided being upset by Western Michigan, as the Trojans pulled away in the fourth quarter and put away the Broncos 49-31. Ronald Johnson and Stephen Carr each had two rushing touchdowns. Also, blind USC long snapper Jake Olson made his first in-game appearance snapping an extra point attempt.

USC football wary of overlooking Western Michigan in Saturday’s opener |Sep 1, 2017

It was a much-anticipated season opener for USC last September. The opponent? Top-ranked Alabama. The site? AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, NFL owner Jerry Jones’ football Mecca. The storyline? A rematch with former coach Lane Kiffin, the Crimson Tide offensive coordinator at the time.

Western Michigan at No. 4 USC: Scouting report |Sep 1, 2017

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NO. 4 USC When: Today, 2:15 p.m. Where: Coliseum TV/Radio: Pac-12 Network; 710 AM Records: Western Michigan (0-0); USC (0-0) WESTERN MICHIGAN STATS (2016) QB Jon Wassink n/a RB Jarvion Franklin 248-1353, 12 TDs WR D’Wayne Eskridge 17-121, 1 TD LB Robert Spillane 111 tackles, 10.

Pac-12 football predictions 2017: Top players, games and champions |Aug 31, 2017

Can the Pac-12 become more than a two-horse race? Or are USC and Washington destined to meet for the Pac-12 championship in Santa Clara in early December, the Trojans shouldered by their Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback in Sam Darnold, the Huskies an emerging Pacific Northwest powerhouse led by a shrewd coach in Chris Petersen? The former scenario might make for a more compelling regular season, filled with upsets and competitive late-night shootouts.

USC No. 4 preseason football ranking comes with caution |Aug 31, 2017

LOS ANGELES — More people are betting on USC to win the College Football Playoff championship than any school except Alabama and Ohio State, according to the gambling site Bovada. This makes the Trojans a favorite with the media and coaches who vote in the Top 25 polls along with the gamblers.

USC to split kicking duties to start season |Aug 31, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> USC has its starting kickers in place for this season. Coach Clay Helton on Thursday announced that Chase McGrath, a freshman walk-on from Mater Dei High, will handle field goals to start the season.

2017 USC football schedule and analysis |Aug 30, 2017

USC’s schedule remains among the more challenging slates in the nation, with no bye week in the regular season for the first time since 1995 and non-conference matchups with Texas in September and Notre Dame in October.

USC football 2017 season preview: Expectations are high |Aug 30, 2017

USC, ending last season with nine consecutive victories, topped by a dramatic comeback over Penn State in the Rose Bowl, enters this season with much fanfare. The preseason Associated Press poll and coaches poll each rank the Trojans fourth.

5 burning questions for the 2017 USC football team |Aug 30, 2017

USC will begin its season Saturday against Western Michigan with hopes of beginning a national championship run. It has been 13 years since it last accomplished such a feat. Amid the lofty preseason expectations for the fourth-ranked Trojans, here’s what to watch: 1.

Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen take USC-UCLA rivalry to new heights |Aug 30, 2017

If they weren’t already rivals by design and definition, they would be rivals by default. That’s just how it works with USC and UCLA, schools that share a city but fight over pretty much everything else.

Cameron Smith will start USC season by sitting |Aug 30, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Cameron Smith had longed for Saturday. Smith, USC’s junior linebacker, was selected last week as one of the team’s four captains for the first time. “Man, it’s an honor,” he said.

Mark Shuken takes over Pac-12 Network as issues loom |Aug 29, 2017

In his new position as Pac-12 Network president, Mark Shuken can shake things up. Or, he could simply try to appease those getting a little stir-crazy.

Weight room devotion enables Porter Gustin to move mountains |Aug 29, 2017

The boy relished the old tales, drawn to the legends. When John Gustin was a teenager, he pored over the Storm Testament series, a collection of historical novels filled with accounts of the Mormon pioneers.