Penalty Problems

USC coach Pete Carroll said he spoke to Pac-10 supervisor of officials David Cutaia today about the fact Trojan opponents rank 10th in penalties the past four seasons.
“He had no explanation,” Carroll said.
Cutaia was a referee before this season (remember he was suspended for a game after the infamous Oregon-Oklahoma game) so maybe he’s one of the reasons USC opponents never got called for penalties.

No Sailing

John David Booty said his passes were not sailing like during last week’s practices.
“It didnt seem like it,” Booty said. “It had great spin and I was putting it on guys.”

Confidence Boost?

Does Oregon State gain anything from beating USC last year?
“Except for looking at last years game and seeing what both teams tried to do, besides that probably not much,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said.

Home Field Advantage

Oregon State has not defeated USC at the Coliseum since 1960, a span of 20 straight games.
Our kids dont have to bear the burden of 40 years in the Coliseum. We are aware of the circumstances of our history, but we dont dwell on it,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said.