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Although Curtis McNeal's fumble ended Southern California's triple-overtime loss to Stanford last weekend, the Trojans won't hesitate to put the ball right back in his hands.
That fumble should turn out to be no more than a footnote in the undersized junior's breakout season for No. 21 USC (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12).
Coach Lane Kiffin says McNeal will start when the Trojans visit Colorado on Friday night, and McNeal could end up playing nearly every snap if senior Marc Tyler is still limited by injury.
McNeal was devastated after he fumbled into the end zone to end the No. 4 Cardinal's 56-48 win. Yet the Trojans almost certainly wouldn't have made it to extra time without McNeal, who scored on two long runs in the second half of his career-best 145-yard game.
BEST OF MAXIM
Curtis McNeal will make the first start of his college career at running back against the Buffaloes, USC coach Lane Kiffin announced Wednesday.
This game is more about what USC should not do than what they should.
They should not relax.
It's ever so tempting. They've just had a short week of practice after a triple overtime loss to No.4 Stanford. At the over halfway point of the season, it is also when most people start to remember there will be no post season for the second year in a row.
USC tight end Randall Telfer talks to SCPlaybook.com's Whitney Blaine after the Stanford instant classic.
Receiver dropped two passes in a the Trojans' triple-overtime loss to Stanford, which he hopes to put behind Friday night at Colorado.Receiver dropped two passes in a the Trojans' triple-overtime loss to Stanford, which he hopes to put behind Friday night at Colorado.
USC running back Marc Tyler entered last Saturday’s game against Stanford nursing a dislocated shoulder that he sustained in a win over Cal earlier this month. He didn’t last long. On USC’s first offensive series, Tyler carried the ball for three yards before being tackled. Tyler then left the field favoring that injured shoulder and…
LOS ANGELES — Southern California coach Lane Kiffin was reprimanded and fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 on Monday night for criticizing the officiating in the 21st-ranked Trojans' triple-overtime loss to Stanford last weekend.
USC beat writers Dan Greenspan and Whitney Blaine recap the latest ongoings of the USC Trojans, including the mounting injuries, the short turnover between games and the Pac-12 punishments handed out to head coach Lane Kiffin and safety T.J. McDonald.