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USC vs. Colorado

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Here is Lane Kiffin's presser on Colorado...

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Colorado faces a tough second half of the season.

On the back end of Colorado's schedule, it's all Pac-12, all the time. The road games against USC (on Oct. 20) and Oregon (on Oct. 27) will be followed by a home game against Stanford (on Nov. 3), at Arizona (on Nov. 10), home against Washington (on Nov. 17) and the season finale at home against Utah (on Nov. 23).
A 23-point underdog Thursday night, CU (1-5, 1-2 Pac-12) scored 10 points in the final 24 seconds of the first half and looked competitive in pulling within 20-17 at the break.

But ASU's Rashad Ross ran untouched while returning the second half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, and CU never recovered. The home team was outscored 31-0 after halftime.
"I was embarrassed," CU senior defensive tackle Will Pericak said.

They have their work cut out for them.

USC may play conservative if they get a lead but CU will have a tougher go of it facing USC's defense.

With Washington driving and on the USC 4-yard line, down 10 points with over 11 minutes left in the game, Starling stripped the ball loose from quarterback Keith Price and fell on it. He didn’t return it for a touchdown this time but the play killed Washington’s momentum, quieted the sold out crowd and gave USC the win.

"It would be pretty cool if it happened again," Lane Kiffin said, standing outside USC’s locker room after the game. "A road win in a tough place to win much like that was before. You never know."

As much as Starling would like to see USC’s offense start playing like they did after his season-changing play last year, he doesn’t really think the play will need to spark a Trojan defense that has been solid all season.

Anyone else think that USC's defense is looking to feast on CU's offense.

CU was shut out in the second half of their game against ASU...just like USC was. CU ranks #10 in total offense, #9 in passing, #9 in rushing and #9 in receiving. Not exactly a powerhouse, but USC can't get complacent either.

Fight On!