9.5: The number of tackles for loss made by Morgan Breslin so far in 2012.
It’s safe to say that Breslin, a defensive end, has made the biggest impact out of any of the newcomers for the Trojans this season. With an average of 2.37 tackles for loss per game, Breslin is currently on pace to break the single-season mark of 26, set by Kenechi Udeze in 2003.
113: Where USC ranks nationally in terms of third down conversion percentage
Reflective of a Trojans’ offense that has sputtered at times, USC has successfully converted just 15 of 50 third-down attempts in 2012. The 30 percent conversion rate ranks 113 out of 120 teams in all of Division I FBS.
8: The number of interceptions made by the USC defense this season
Currently tied for first in the Pac-12 in this department, the Trojans have already eclipsed last season’s team interception total of seven. Dion Bailey leads the team individually with three picks.
40: The number of receptions made by Marqise Lee this season, the most in Division I FBS
Lee has been USC’s most reliable offensive threat, making 40 receptions for 457 yards and 6 touchdowns, and he also averages almost 27 yards per kickoff return. His reception total is even more remarkable when you consider the fact that teammate Robert Woods sits at No. 26 nationally with 25 receptions.
.700: USC’s winning percentage in Thursday games.
USC has an all-time record of 22-10-3 in games played on Thursdays, with the Trojans coming up with a victory the last time that they played on that day of the week in 2011, defeating California 30-9. USC’s next game is at Utah on Thursday, Oct. 4.