"If we're able to finish the game off, I'm sure he's one of the stars of the country tonight," USC coach Lane Kiffin said.
Woods, the former Gardena Serra standout, did not catch a pass in last week's loss to Washington, so Kiffin said the staff made it a point to get him involved early and often.
"You're talking about a true freshman coming in who has made plays all year for us and we've not done a very good job of getting him the ball. I thought our coaches did a good job of making sure he was incorporated in the game plan. He's a great story, a great student-athlete who comes in and works extremely hard and it paid off tonight," Kiffin said.
His most impressive play came after catching a short pass from quarterback Matt Barkley and sprinting through for the defense for a 61-yard touchdown with a little help from Stanley Havili's downfield block.
"I can only do so much when I can give him a five-yard pass and he takes it 40 or whatever," said Barkley, who threw for a career-high 390 yards.
Scott Expects Decisions Soon
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said he expects an announcement on divisional alignment and revenue sharing as soon as university presidents and athletic directors meet later this month.
"We're getting pretty close," Scott said. "We've gotten to where I hoped he'd get in advance of our meeting with the presidents coming up on Oct. 21. A lot of hard work has gone into it. Our athletic directors have concentrated on football and men's basketball. We're in good shape."
Scott all but confirmed the newly expanded Pac-12 will maintain a nine-game conference schedule, but did not give any clues as to how teams will be split.
The issue of revenue sharing is more complicated, as the current structure rewards schools for the number of televised games they plays in. That system has traditionally favored USC and UCLA, which share the nation's second-largest media market.
"It's just this one piece of revenue that's been unequal. The challenge is how do we respect the history of what it's been but grow and have a more modern approach to what we're doing. An appearance-based mechanism for splitting revenue we feel is an antiquated system," Scott said.
"I think we're going to work out all these issues in a way everyone is very happy with."
As for the location of the conference championship game, Scott said his preference was to hold the game in one location for a fixed period of time, perhaps three or five years, rather than hop scotching around, as the Atlantic Coast Conference has.
A new television contract should be finalized early next year, Scott also said. Its current television partners can begin negotiations with the conference starting in January.
Linebacker Malcolm Smith hurt his knee on the Cardinal's first possession and did not return.
Shane Horton replaced him and finished with a team-high 10 tackles and two tackles for loss. The redshirt junior also forced a fumble.
"For him to step up and play really well was one of the highlights," Kiffin said.
Linebackers coach Joe Barry said Smith was fine and should play next week against Cal.
Running back Dillon Baxter, who scored his first touchdown as a Trojan on an eight-yard run out of the Wildcat, suffered a left foot injury. He rushed for 22 yards on four carries.
Kiffin said Baxter would have thrown out of the Wildcat on USC's final drive, as Marc Tyler did on third down when his pass fell just beyond Havili's reach.
Tight end Jordan Cameron had his left knee wrapped in ice after the game.
Defensive end Wes Horton (back) did not play for the second consecutive week.
Dillon Baxter injured his foot in the loss.
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