No. 9 USC Football Heads East To Face Boston College

    Andre Heidari
    Sept. 7, 2014

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    No. 9 USC, coming off thrilling and hard-fought late victory at No. 13 Stanford, now travels across the country to face ACC foe Boston College in an under-the-lights East-versus-West matchup. This will be the teams’ third meeting in 6 years. Although USC played on the East Coast just 2 years ago (versus Syracuse in East Rutherford, N.J.), the Trojans have ventured only once before into Boston: a convincing season-opening win at Boston College in 1988, Troy’s first-ever appearance on ESPN (which also will nationally televise this week’s game). The series was kickstarted by BC/USC grad Jeff Keith, a Swim With Mike recipient. The Trojans have won two-thirds of their games against ACC opponents. Beware, it could rain on Saturday. USC gets a bye next week. Troy, under new head coach Steve Sarkisian, utilizes an up-tempo no huddle offense led by on-the-rise QB Cody Kessler (already No. 13 on USC’s career passing list), TB Javorius Allen (the Pac-12’s No. 2 rusher who has 2 consecutive 100-yard ground games and now is a 1,000-yard career runner) and WR Nelson Agholor, coming off a career-best outing for receptions. The stout Trojan defense, which is in the national Top 15 in interceptions, turnover margin, scoring defense and red zone defense, is led by All-American DE Leonard Williams, 2-time season tackle leader ILB Hayes Pullard and 2013 Freshman All-American S Su’a Cravens. USC, which has yet to suit up more than 60 recruited scholarship players in 2014 because of NCAA-mandated scholarship limitations, uses a number of true freshmen, including 3-way CB-WR Adoree’ Jackson and starting OGs Toa Lobendahn and Damien Mama. Boston College, in the midst of a 4-game homestand, dropped its ACC opener last week to Pittsburgh after starting its 2014 slate with a victory over in-state rival Massachusetts. Head coach Steve Addazio’s squad, which returned just 9 starters from 2013 (only 3 on offense), is led on offense by dual threat QB Tyler Murphy, a Florida transfer who against UMass became the first BC signalcaller since the 1980s to run for 100 yards in a game. RBs Tyler Rouse and Myles Willis supplement a ground attack that is 25th nationally, while WRs Dan Crimmins and ex-quarterback Josh Bordner are the top pass catchers. LBs Sean Duggan and Josh Keyes help lead the Eagles’ defense. Following the trip to Boston College, the Trojans return to the Coliseum on Sept. 23 to take on Pac-12 rival Oregon State. For tickets, click HERE or call 213-740-GOSC and press #3.