USC is seeking to add to its Pac-10 and school-record 34-game home winning streak. It’s also the first time the Trojans have played this season after playing the previous week. They’re coming off a 49-31 win at Nebraska, which helped them solidify their No. 1 ranking. Next on the agenda is pulling together a passing game that has been less than impressive, particularly in light of a 313-yard rushing performance last week against the Cornhuskers. Quarterback John David Booty is in charge of helping along a young corps of wide receivers that has caught 22 passes for 200 yards in two games, or basically what last year’s tandem of Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett could pull off in one game. “We need to balance that thing out,” Carroll said. “John David is doing a great job. We need to get the ball caught when we get our opportunities. I know that can be fixed and righted.” Junior Patrick Turner could be the key to helping the receivers turn the corner. After missing the opener with a bruised shoulder, he was rusty last week with three drops and a fumble to go with three catches for 24 yards. Brink, who already has completed the most passes in Washington State history, has completed 81 of 110 passes (73.6 percent) for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns, with nine of those scores coming the last two weeks. He has two sharp targets to aim for – former Culver City High star Michael Bumpus, the Pac-10’s leading receiver with 22 catches for 273 yards and two touchdowns, plus flanker Brandon Gibson (20 catches 279 yards, 4 TDs). USC’s defense has allowed only 64.5 yards per game on the ground, but allowed 355 yards passing last week against Nebraska. “I’m sure that as Washington State looks at that, they’d love to see us get all spread out and throw the ball like they do and see if they can keep that thing going,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to shore some things up here before we get to this game.” While sophomore Stafon Johnson rushed for 144 yards last week and C.J. Gable is averaging 11.4 yards per carry, senior Chauncey Washington will start at tailback for USC. Washington was set to be the starter before he suffered a shoulder injury in preseason camp. Washington (South Torrance High) had 12 carries for 43 yards and two touchdowns in his season debut last week. Gable could be back returning kickoffs due to a throat injury to Vincent Joseph, but he will also be part of the tailback rotation. Despite a broken thumb, junior Clay Matthews likely will start again at strong-side linebacker as junior Brian Cushing recovers from a sprained ankle. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On their way to their fifth straight Pac-10 crown last season, the Trojans had a harrowing ride and survived two defeats along the way. They also endured three wins in which they won by a touchdown or less, including a 28-22 win over Washington State. The Cougars (2-1) enter the Coliseum today to face the No. 1 Trojans (2-0) and are led by savvy senior quarterback Alex Brink and a few playmakers. Not to mention a coaching staff that is accustomed to facing USC year in and year out, which can make up for a talent disparity at times. “It’s a statement about the quality of the play in the conference,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “It’s also a statement about the continuity of the coaches being around, maintaining their systems and gaining from the competition against one another.” This is also a rare event for USC. The Trojans haven’t opened the conference schedule at home in five seasons and have played seven of their last eight Pac-10 openers on the road. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Trojans to face Cougars in a rare conference opener at the Coliseum. By Phil Collin STAFF WRITER OK, back to the Pacific-10 Conference for USC. There are none of those easy nonconference games to rely on for a month, when the Trojans head east to face Notre Dame.