Sarah Kim | Daily TrojanDo the JuJu · Junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster broke out of his early season slump going for 89 yards on eight catches against Utah.Friday. Smith-Schuster leads the team in touchdowns with two.On Saturday, the football team continues its difficult schedule, playing their second undefeated team in as many weeks. In just its second home game of the year, USC (1-3) will face an unranked ASU (4-0).This will arguably be the toughest game the Sun Devils have played so far after playing Northern Arizona, Texas Tech and Cal at home as well as one road game against the University of Texas at San Antonio.ASU has been handling its business and USC put a heavy focus on its defense during this week’s practices. The Sun Devils have the top-scoring offense in the conference while averaging 48.8 points per game. This is also the seventh-highest offensive average in the FBS.Additionally, the team is averaging 21.7 points in the fourth quarter, meaning USC will have to seal the deal if they get an early lead, something they failed to do last week against Utah. The Sun Devils have scored all 18 trips they have made to the red zone. This offensive barrage will be a challenge for a USC team that ranks seventh in the conference in total defense.The men behind the scoring flurries have been redshirt sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins and a strong running back corps, including juniors Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage.“I’m beyond impressed with Manny Wilkins and his pocket sense of being able to create off pass attempts,” head coach Clay Helton said. “He’s as good as I’ve seen thus far in that area.”Wilkins has thrown for 1,085 yards with 5 touchdowns and three interceptions while going 84-125 on the season. He is also the second-leading rusher for the Sun Devils having accrued 312 yards on 56 attempts with 4 touchdowns.“One of the things that stands out to you immediately is their up-tempo offense,” Helton said. “They are putting up 80-plus plays a game.”The high-tempo offense has translated into a high-scoring machine and the top two running backs will pose a problem for the Trojans if their front seven struggles to stop the ball they way it did against Utah. Richard has 356 yards on the season and is averaging 3.9 yards per carry. He also has 1 touchdown.One of the most dynamic performances in the country this season came from Ballage who tied the FBS record for most touchdowns in a game after scoring 8 against Texas Tech. Ballage is averaging 6.4 yards per carry and has 285 total yards to complement his 9 touchdowns on the year.Part of containing the explosive offense will involve quarterback pressure, something the team has focused on this week after failing to register a sack against Utah last week. Due to the pace of the Sun Devils, Helton said he expects to see more playing time from freshman defensive ends Connor Murphy and Oluwole Betiku and junior inside linebacker Olajuwon Tucker.Offensively, redshirt freshman Sam Darnold is starting his first game in the Coliseum, and even though he admitted to feeling some nerves before last week’s game, he is preparing as normal for Saturday’s matchup.“They’re a really good football team, a really good bunch,” Darnold said. “Obviously late in games, what you saw in that Cal game with two late interceptions, that was obviously huge for them. It’s a great football team, we’re just looking to execute and play our style ball.”The Sun Devils have the toughest run defense in the conference, allowing only 95 yards per game, but have the worst pass defense, giving up 404 yards per game. Helton said he wants senior tailback Justin Davis to get 20-25 carries this game, but if ASU stifles the run game, Darnold will have to find his receivers.Against Power-5 teams, the Trojans have not thrown for a touchdown this season, but there were signs of life in the air against Utah with Darnold connecting with top receiver junior JuJu Smith-Schuster for eight catches and 98 yards.“The whole game plan wasn’t set up around me, but there were plays that were made for me,” Smith-Schuster said. “A lot of the plays were nine-yard stop routes and with the defense they were playing, I was allowed to get the ball more.”Smith-Schuster and company face the Sun Devils in a 5:30 p.m. clash in the Coliseum. The game is also being televised on FOX.
This Sunday morning on Sportsday we build up to the Euro 2016 final as well as Andy Murray’s third Wimbledon final.There is also reaction from Serena Williams’ seventh win at SW19 and her record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title.As well as that there is the latest ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and Nottinghamshire Outlaws win over the Worcestershire Rapids in the Natwest T20 Blast.All brought to you by Lisa O’Sullivan and the team.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The three men were attacked around closing time Tuesday on the east end of the 125-acre zoo grounds near Ocean Beach, Gittens said. The officers who hunted down and shot the 300-pound animal were alerted through a 911 call placed by a zoo employee. The San Francisco medical examiner had not been able to identify the dead man, investigator Tim Hellman said Wednesday. The man did not have any identification and no one had called asking about him, according to Hellman. The two injured men, ages 19 and 23, were upgraded to stable condition Wednesday at San Francisco General Hospital after undergoing surgery to have their wounds cleaned and closed, said surgeon Rochelle Dicker. They suffered deep bites and claw cuts on their heads, necks, arms and hands. Dicker said they were shaken up emotionally and would remain hospitalized for the day, but that because of their youth they would make a full recovery. “They are in good spirits. They look absolutely fanstastic,” she said. The San Francisco Zoo was closed to visitors Wednesday as investigators tried to determine how a Siberian tiger escaped from its enclosure on Christmas Day and attacked three visitors, killing one of the men and mauling two others. A team of police officers returned to the zoo just before 9 a.m. to search for other possible victims. They said they did not expect to find anyone, but wanted to conduct a thorough sweep of the grounds because it was unclear how long the tiger had been loose before she was killed by police. “There’s no better light than daylight,” said Sgt. Neville Gittens, a police spokesman. “The idea was to come back and quaddruple check to make sure nobody out’s there. We just want to know.” The tiger, a female named Tatiana, was the same animal that ripped the flesh off a zookeeper’s arm just before Christmas 2006. An investigation of that incident by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health faulted the zoo, which beefed up the pen where big cats are kept. The zoo’s director of animal care and conservation, Robert Jenkins, could not explain how Tatiana escaped. The tiger’s enclosure is surrounded by a 15-foot-wide moat and 20-foot-high walls, and the big cat did not leave through an open door, he said. “There was no way out through the door,” Jenkins said. “The animal appears to have climbed or otherwise leaped out of the enclosure.” Police who had been alerted by a 911 call from a zoo employee responded to the scene just after 5 p.m. A group of four officers came across the body of the first victim The first attack happened right outside the Siberian’s enclosure when they entered the dark zoo grounds, Gittens said. The second victim was about 300 yards away, in front of the Terrace Cafe. The man was sitting on the ground, blood running from gashes in his head and Tatiana sitting next to him. The cat attacked the man again, Mannina said. The officers approached the tiger with their handguns. Tatiana moved in their direction and several of the officers fired, killing the animal. Only then did they see the third victim, who had also been mauled. Although no new visitors were let in after 5 p.m. Tuesday, the grounds had not been not scheduled to close until an hour later, and 20 to 25 people were still in the zoo when the attacks happened, zoo officials said. Employees and visitors were told to take shelter when zoo officials learned of the attacks. “This is a tragic event for San Francisco,” Fire Department spokesman Lt. Ken Smith said. “We pride ourselves in our zoo, and we pride ourselves in tourists coming and looking at our city.” There were five tigers at the zoo – three Sumatrans and two Siberians. Officials initially worried that four tigers had escaped, but soon learned only Tatiana had escaped, Mannina said. On Dec. 22, 2006, Tatiana reached through the bars of her cage and grabbed a keeper, biting and mauling one of the woman’s arms and causing deep lacerations. The zoo’s Lion House was temporarily closed during an investigation. California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health blamed the zoo for the assault and imposed a $18,000 penalty. A medical claim filed against the city by the keeper was denied. Last February, a 140-pound jaguar named Jorge killed a zookeeper at the Denver Zoo before being fatally shot. Zoo officials said later that the zookeeper had violated rules by opening the door to the animal’s cage. After last year’s attack, the zoo added customized steel mesh over the bars, built in a feeding shoot and increased the distance between the public and the cats. Tatiana arrived at the San Francisco Zoo from the Denver Zoo a few years ago, with zoo officials hoping she would mate with a male tiger. Siberian tigers are classified as endangered and there are more than 600 of the animals living in captivity worldwide. Associated Press writers Louise Chu and Terence Chea in San Francisco and Daisy Nguyen in Los Angeles contributed to this report. Associated Press writer Daisy Nguyen in Los Angeles contributed to this report. On the Net: San Francisco Zoo160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!