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Trojans ready to test defense

Updated: September 1, 2011, 10:04 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- A year ago, the USC Trojans' new coaches had a pretty good feeling about their defense heading into the opener at Hawaii. They no longer had such a good feeling by the time the team plane left Oahu.

"We were shocked in that game," coach Lane Kiffin said Tuesday. "I would have never thought we would have come into that game and allowed that many explosive plays."

By the fourth quarter, Trojans defenders were grabbing their knees and gasping for breath between ...

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