We review the Keys to a Trojan Victory. The Trojans 44-24 victory over the ASU Sun Devils opens the door for the Trojans to have another BCS appearance and win a 6th straight PAC-10 Championship.
Trojan Pass Rush
We said: "For the Trojans to enjoy success, the pass rush needs to pressure ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter. The Trojan front four with an occasional assist from a secondary blitz needs to keep Carpenter contained and force him to throw from the pocket under pressure."
Defensive end Lawrence Jackson had four sacks, an incredible display of his pass rushing abilities. Defensive end Everson Griffen also recorded a sack. Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis had a sack and was in the ASU backfield all night. On one of Jackson's sacks, as Carpenter was being wrapped up by Jackson, Rey Maualuga came through the line and sandwiched Carpenter. Carpenter suffered a cut on his lip and wasn't quite the same for the remainder of the game.
Running Back Attack
We also said: "Should Washington and Johnson establish a power run game, the Trojans can then add speedster Joe McKnight to the mix. If two of these three running backs can have dominant games, USC may just manhandle the Sun Devils."
Chauncey Washington had a respectable 80 yards on 22 carries. Many of Washington's gains were hard-earned, up the middle runs. The wildcard was McKnight's seven carries for 30 yards in addition to five receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. Much of McKnight's reception yardage were yards after catch.
Trojan Offensive Line
We said: "If the line can open holes for the USC running backs and protect quarterback John David Booty, the Trojans should be able to dominate on the offensive side of the ball. Since the line should be two-deep, there is a good chance the line may overpower the Sun Devil defensive line."
The offensive line played well enough to help Booty with 26 of 39, 375 yards and 4 touchdowns. Booty also sneaked for a touchdown. The Trojans rushed for 133 yards.
We said: "Could this be the game where the receivers get on track? What has not happened for the Trojans this season is a dominating performance by the wide receivers. Will the receivers finally have a breakout game?"
We also said: "Given the offensive line's relative health, John David Booty's recovery from a broken finger and the receivers' need to prove themselves, this could be an opportunity for the Trojan receivers to shine."
John David Booty and his receivers connected for 375 yards. Fred Davis had 119 yards, Joe McKnight had 71 and Patrick Turner had 70. Davis, McKnight, Vidal Hazelton and Stanley Havili each caught a touchdown pass.
Not only did the receivers come up big, but Booty passed for 4 touchdowns and ran for one. Booty was involved in all of the Trojan touchdowns.
Offensive Gameball: John David Booty
Defensive Gameball: Lawrence Jackson