USC's title hopes undone partly by penalties

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 31, 2012
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Southern California's national championship dreams are dead, and Robert Woods believes it's because the Trojans have too much pride. Stick with him here: The All-American receiver says pride and team togetherness are why 18th-ranked USC leads the nation in penalties. When the Trojans (6-2, 4-2 Pac-12) spent too much of their time sticking up for their teammates with late hits and other shenanigans, they commit penalties - 82 of them, in fact. Woods' teammates have their own theories about this surprising lack of discipline from a team that had no significant penalty predilections last year. Coach Lane Kiffin can't believe he's still talking about the problem two-thirds of the way through the Trojans' season, but it hasn't gone away. USC committed 13 penalties for 117 yards last weekend at Arizona.
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