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USC is preparing for a noisy Rice-Eccles Stadium
USC is preparing for a noisy Rice-Eccles Stadium

Max Tuerk is ready for the noise. On Saturday, the crowd at Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium is expected to crank up the volume for the No. 20 Trojans with hopes of contributing to USC miscues. Two years ago, on USC's second play, center Khaled Holmes bounced a snap to quarterback Matt Barkley in the shotgun formation. A Utah player ripped it from Barkley's grasp and ran eight yards to the end zone for a touchdown. On USC's next possession, a mistimed snap resulted in a fumble — and set up another Utah touchdown, putting USC behind, 14-0, less than three minutes into the game. USC came back to win, 38-28, but the Trojans would like to avoid a repeat against a...

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