- Javorius Allen has rushed for 100 yards in six consecutive games, a feat last accomplished at Southern California by Marcus Allen during his Heisman Trophy-winning 1981 season. It turns out Marcus Allen knew his unrelated successor in the USC backfield was capable of such success long before the tailback known as Buck emerged as one of the most productive running backs in the nation. Marcus Allen, a Hall of Famer in the pro and college ranks, met with the Trojans shortly after Lane Kiffin's midseason dismissal last year. He encouraged the younger Allen to maintain his focus despite having been buried on the depth chart during the previous regime. "He just said, 'Buck, if you keep working the way you are working, it's going to pay off,'" Buck Allen said. "And it did. Whatever you put in, that's what you are going to get out of it. And he was absolutely correct."
Allen scored his first two career touchdowns in USC's next game before emerging as the feature back with 133 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a win at Oregon State. Since then, the Tallahassee, Florida, native has rushed for 100 yards in 12 of the last 15 games. Pacing the Pac-12 with 124.9 yards rushing per game, Allen is on track to become the first USC player to lead the conference in rushing since Ricky Ervins did so in 1989 - a shocking drought for the school long known as Tailback U. - AP Sports