- Garry Paskwietz, Publisher, WeAreSC.com
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Stat of Half: Total offense for the Trojans
The Trojans came out on the first play and hit a 75-yard touchdown pass from Matt Barkley to Marqise Lee. Things haven’t gone quite as smooth through the rest of the half but they have still dominated the offensive production with 354 yards compared to 83 for the Warriors.
Player of the Half: Matt Barkley
It’s been a Heisman-worthy start for Barkley who completed nine of his first 13 passes for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He slowed down a bit and is now 16 of 28 for 309 yards and three touchdowns.
What’s working: USC controlling defensive line of scrimmage
One of the biggest concerns for the Trojans coming into the game was the youth and inexperience on the defensive line, a situation that wasn’t helped by the fact that senior defensive end Wes Horton was held out of the game due to injury.
The Trojans have held the Warriors to minus-4 yards rushing while junior college transfer Morgan Breslin, playing his first game at USC in place of Horton, has two tackles, one tackle for loss, and two pass breakups. George Uko had a sack, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble, Greg Townsend Jr. added a sack and Leonard Williams had a fumble recovery.
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