Three bulldozers unsuccessfully tried to level the new sod and a huge amount of sand was poured on the field to soak up water from the recent rains. But Wednesday night, the field was still uneven. Carroll ordered equipment moved to Howard Jones Field anyways. Carroll’s only consolation was that USC plays on FieldTurf against Washington on Saturday. USC coach Pete Carroll might make more than $2 million per season, but even he couldn’t get the Trojans on to their practice field Wednesday as ground crews struggled to fix new turf problems and a crew supervisor said the field might not even be ready today. But Carroll vowed to return the Trojans to Howard Jones Field today, no matter what condition it is in. USC practiced on Cromwell Field the past three days. Cromwell Field has FieldTurf instead of grass and doesn’t even have a 100-yard field. “We’ll force our way out there (to Howard Jones Field),” Carroll said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This fits that we’re out here,” he said. “In the long run it’s better but I would have preferred to have taken (the team) to the grass.” Big audience An estimated 30 million watched USC defeat Notre Dame, making it the most-watched college football game in nine years. A Florida-Florida State game on ABC in 1996 attracted 32 million viewers. This was the highest-rated Notre Dame game since 1996 and fourth-highest since NBC started televising Irish games 15 years ago. Cushing update Freshman linebacker Brian Cushing is finally expected to return from a dislocated shoulder, although he tweaked it during drills Wednesday. “I’m real excited to play football. It’s been a disappointment to me and I’ve been a disappointment to others,” Cushing said. After making the trip to Notre Dame, where he expected to commit before Tyrone Willingham was fired, Cushing said the Irish are a different program now. “That might be the Notre Dame of old,” Cushing said. Would he have gone to Notre Dame if he were a high school senior this year? “I might have,” Cushing said. Willingham is now the coach at Washington, and Cushing hopes to see Huskies linebackers coach Bob Simmons, who recruited him at Notre Dame. Take two aspirin Quarterback Matt Leinart got shaken up when tailback LenDale White landed on his head against Notre Dame. NBC reported Leinart needed medication before returning to the game. It turned out Leinart took two Tylenol. Special teams update Freshman linebacker Rey Maualuga along with cornerbacks Josh Pinkard and Will Harris appear to be the favorites to be placed on the punt team as gunners, the players that line up wide and race down the field when the ball is snapped. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!