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Sunday, October 26, 2008
USC doing little things... and very little

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

TUCSON, Ariz. -- You know how coaches often refer to doing the "little things" right? Sure, it's an annoying coaching cliché, but here's an example of doing the little things.

See Arizona safety Nate Ness charging on a safety blitz about to decapitate USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. See Trojans running back Stafon Johnson racing around Sanchez and upending Ness with a perfect cut block.

See Sanchez find an uncovered Stanley Havili for a 30-yard touchdown, which gave USC a 17-10 lead on the ensuing possession after Arizona had tied the count.

Both teams had a turnover in the third quarter. Arizona used Mark Sanchez's fumble on the USC 15 to tie the game -- four running plays right up the middle.

USC used Kevin Thomas' interception of Willie Tuitama -- the Wildcats' first turnover -- to drain three minutes off the clock and put a damper on the home crowd.

Unless it picks up the pace in the fourth quarter, USC probably won't pick up many style points with this effort.

But with how inconsistent the offense has been, particularly Sanchez, it's unlikely that coach Pete Carroll will get too wild with the play calling.

The Trojans just want to hold on.