Sep 22, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; General view of Southern California Trojans players entering the field before the game against the California Golden Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

USC Football: Inside The Trojan Stat Book Part Two

After the win over Cal, we presented you with some of USC’s stats thus far in the season. Let’s open that stat book one more time and check out some other categories where the Trojans lead, and others where they really need to step their game up:

Ball Hawks:

  • Last year, the Trojans only had seven picks on the season. Through four games in 2012, they have already surpassed that number with eight, putting the Trojans in first place in the Pac-12 in picks.
  • Dion Bailey currently leads the team in interceptions, with three to his name, two of which came against Syracuse. He recorded an interception in back to back games, as did safety Jawanza Starling, who has two on the season.
  • USC’s defensive specialists seem to be grab happy this year, as the eight picks have come from five guys: S T.J. McDonald, S Jawanza Starling, LB Hayes Pullard, LB Dion Bailey, and S Josh Shaw.
  • Third Down Conversions:

  • USC has been absolutely dreadful in third down situations, ranking 113th in the nation in this category.
  • The Trojans have successfully converted on third down an abismal 15 of 50 attempts, a mere 30-percent.
  • Thursday Night Lights:

  • Per ESPNLA USC has a pretty solid Thursday night winning percentage, .700.
  • The Trojans are 22-10-3 all-time on Thursdays, and their last was a 30-9 win over Cal on the road in 2011.
  • After the Bye, the Trojans will again be on the road on a Thursday, this time against the Utah Utes. In their last meeting, the Utes almost beat the Trojans at home in the inaugural Pac-12 season opener but the Trojans came away 23-14 after a wild game that ended in a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown.
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