USC's ILB Ralen Goforth, key part of a Trojan defense that has intercepted the ball 11 times in just four games.
USC's ILB Ralen Goforth, key part of a Trojan defense that has intercepted the ball 11 times in just four games. Credit: Robert Attical | Black Voice News

Last Updated on October 2, 2022 by BVN

Jon D. Gaede | BVN Sports

The Trojans of the Lincoln Riley era marched over Fresno State and Stanford with relative ease, then the Oregon State Beavers gave them all they could handle for 60-minutes.

The Trojan roster is formidable and loaded with size and speed

Over the decades, Corvallis Oregon can either be touchdown feast or present a difficult environment for a visiting team from Southern California. The Trojan roster is quite formidable, loaded with size and speed which historically presents a mismatch for a team like the Beavers. Players will say the wind, rain, turf and mind numbing home crowd can affect almost everything you normally do.

Caleb Williams to Jordan Addison late in the fourth quarter

Poor field position, a couple odd bounces and any team can be out of sorts. The Beavers did come in 3-0, with dreams of beating a perennial powerhouse like USC at home and if not for a Caleb Williams to Jordan Addison connection late in the fourth quarter, they might be 4-0. That 22-yard touchdown was the Trojans second score of the quarter, putting them ahead for good 17-14.

Caleb Williams’  ability to scramble and a Trojan secondary who had four interceptions

USC running-back Travis Dye continues to be reliable on the ground, carrying the ball 19 times for 133 yards. Caleb William’s ability to scramble and the Trojan secondary that  intercepted the Beavers four times to stop drives added to the momentum.

The Trojans are currently ranked sixth by (AP) and face Arizona State of Saturday night

After the scare in Corvallis, the Trojans are currently ranked sixth by (AP) and will face Arizona State at home on Saturday night. The Sun Devils are 1-3 on the season and are suffering from the loss of blue chip quarterback Jayden Daniels of San Bernardino (Cajon HS). Jayden transferred to LSU during the off season.

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Jon Gaede

While on assignment for GamePro Magazine in 1996, Jon Gaede met former Black Voice Sports Editor, Leland Stein at a Los Angeles Lakers’ game. They formed a working relationship which has endured for 24 years. In addition to African safaris, theater productions, Footsteps to Freedom Tours with Black Voice News Publisher Emeritus Cheryl Brown, concerts and portraits, Jon’s true passion comes from shooting action sports images. Jon has covered a variety of prep, collegiate and professional sports from track & field to boxing, including six Olympic Games.