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Killeen Comes Through

Something about having a week off agrees with Ryan Killeen.

By his own admission, the USC kicker has endured a rough season, making only nine of 18 field-goal attempts. His best game, a three-for-three outing against California, followed a bye week.

The same thing happened against Notre Dame on Saturday, the Trojans coming off a bye and Killeen making both his attempts.

“I had a lot of time to prepare and get mentally strong,” he said. “I had visions of knocking them through all week long.”

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A 39-yard kick kept USC in the game, 7-3, early on. A 42-yarder gave the Trojans a 20-10 lead in the third quarter.

“Things haven’t been going my way, but I told myself I wasn’t going to get nervous or get worked up,” he said. “I was more calm tonight than I’ve ever been.”

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A sellout crowd of 92,611 at the Coliseum helped USC break the home attendance record it set last season.

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USC averaged 85,228 for six home games this season, breaking the record of 77,804.

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Former Trojan running back Anthony Davis was honored at halftime. Davis scored 11 touchdowns against the Fighting Irish -- three on kickoff returns -- from 1972 to ’74.

Davis, 52, sprinted from the tunnel to midfield when introduced.

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“It was one of the greatest days of my life,” Davis said of Saturday’s festivities.

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USC’s 21st consecutive win at home broke the school record of 20 set in 1919-23 and 1927-29.... USC’s 31-point margin of victory marks the seventh time the Trojans have won by 30 points this season.

-- David Wharton

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and Gary Klein


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