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 LOS ANGELES (AP) -John David Booty has his job back.
Booty will start at quarterback Saturday night when the 13th-ranked Trojans face Oregon State. He sat out three games because of a broken middle finger on his throwing hand and was replaced by Mark Sanchez.
``We're going with John David,'' USC coach Pete Carroll said after practice Thursday. ``It's clear he had a good, solid week. He's good to go, he's ready to play, he's had a couple of weeks off. We look for him to jump back where he left off. Mark also is ready to go.''
Booty broke his finger when he hit it on a helmet in the second quarter against Stanford on Oct. 6. The fifth-year senior played on, and threw four interceptions in the second half as the 41-point underdog Cardinal rallied to upset the Trojans 24-23.
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Carroll said the status of left tackle Sam Baker, who has an injured hamstring, is uncertain for Saturday night's game.
``Sam Baker took some snaps yesterday and today,'' Carroll said. ``He wants to try to play, but we'll see what happens on Saturday. We're planning on Butch Lewis starting until something changes.''
Oregon State (5-3, 3-2) brings a three-game winning streak at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Beavers beat the Trojans 33-31 last season in Corvallis, Ore., to snap USC's 27-game Pac-10 winning streak.
The Trojans (6-2, 3-2) are 20-0 in November games since Carroll became their coach before the 2001 season.
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