Trojans are sidestepping injuries

PULLMAN, WASH. _ The phrase USC's football team kept using after Saturday's tidy 50-16 win over Washington State was that they're in a "good position."

Essentially, they have avoided two things through the first four relatively easy games on their schedule: injuries and upset losses. Now 4-0, they're also unusually healthy.

Three defensive ends, Armond Armstead, Nick Perry and Wes Horton, are the only injury concerns. Armstead didn't play Saturday because of a shoulder injury, but coach Lane Kiffin said it's likely he'll be ready to go against Washington next week. Perry played sparingly Saturday, limping around on a sprained ankle, and actually managed to get a sack.

An offensive lineman stepped on Horton's back late in the third quarter and he didn't return, but it was being classified as a bruise.

"Our goal has always been to get to this point of the season, go back home for our conference home opener 4-0 and healthy, knowing who we are as a team," Kiffin said.