USC Struggling in the NCAA and NFL: Has Their Luck Changed?

Samantha CookeCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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In 2010, USC experienced a lot of dramatic changes. Pete Carroll left for the NFL to coach Seattle. USC cannot attend a bowl game this year and had to cut scholarships.

Now, the Trojans have lost two in a row, both in Pac-10 play, severely injuring their chances for a Pac-10 title.

The same weekend that USC lost their second game, their alumni in the NFL have also struggled, presenting what seems like a karmic shift for Trojans everywhere. Here is a look at some starters or bigger names in the NFL for USC and their performances just this past weekend.

Sam Baker, Atlanta: Matt Ryan was sacked twice in a win over Cleveland.

Matt Cassel, Kansas City: Cassel went 16-of-29 for 156 yards, had zero touchdowns, zero interceptions, was sacked once, and had 70.5 QB rating.

Shaun Cody, Houston: Cody had one tackle and two assists in a loss to the Giants.

Sedrick Ellis, New Orleans: Ellis had a measly one tackle in a loss to Arizona.

Cary Harris, Buffalo: He had one tackle in a loss to Jacksonville.

Ryan Kalil, Carolina: gave up five sacks as an offensive line to Chicago and committed a holding penalty.

Deuce Lutui, Arizona: Max Hall was sacked four times in a win over New Orleans.

Clay Matthews, Green Bay: Matthews went down with a hamstring injury in a loss to Washington.

Kellen Moore, Tampa Bay: had three tackles in a win over Cincinnati.

Carson Palmer, Cincinnati: went 21-for-36 for 209 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions for a QB rating of 58.7.

Mike Patterson, Philadelphia: had one tackle in a win over SF.

Chilo Rachal, San Francisco: playing injured, had a penalty for ineligible receiver downfield.

Steve Smith, New York Giants: had six catches for 89 yards and one touchdown. Smith was the exception for the weekend.

Terrell Thomas, New York Giants: had five tackles and one pass defended in a win over Houston.

Note: Troy Polamalu and Lofa Tatupu were on byes this week. Mark Sanchez plays tonight.


Already this season, two big stars from USC have struggled.

Matt Leinhart lost his starting job in the preseason at Arizona and was traded to Houston, where he remains the third stringer behind Matt Schaub.

Reggie Bush broke his leg in the fourth quarter of a Week two game against San Francisco.

Has USC’s luck turned around for the worse, or was this just a bad weekend for the football team and their alumni? Maybe so.