Wednesday, September 20, 2006

U.S.C. [4] 28, Nebraska[19] 10: Trojans barely break stride, in pushing aside the Cornhuskers in the first game between the national powers in 36 years. Rumors that Nebraska would show off the "forward pass" recently introduced by former Raiders head coach Bill Calahan proved false. A near riot marred the cakewalk, when an excess number of students without tickets stormed the front gate shortly before kickoff, forcing USC to increase the available student seating for future games (imagine that, college students taking an interest in this sort of thing). Brett Musberger, who usually hasn't announced SC's games in the past (Keith Jackson being the de facto West Coast announcer), caused a stir late in the game when he broadcast information about QB John David Booty's use of an audible, information that the Trojans said was background, although neither Booty nor Pete Carroll seemed too concerned about it after the game.

And as long as we're talking about USC, I would be remiss if I didn't reintroduce a long-demanded feature of this site, the Songleader of the Week. This week, it's "Allison", a sophomore brunette who intends to major in Business Administration, then earn an MBA. This squad rookie from Cathedral City (near Palm Springs) loves the Harry Potter series, Grey's Anatomy, Sylvia Plath, James Blunt, photography, desert nights, the "Trojan Family", and salmon, with-or-without angel hair pasta. In addition, she hopes to one day become the CEO of a biotechnology company, and she's happiest when she's "with the people I love the most."


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