USC finds ground game
September, 9, 2012
By Johnny Curren | ESPN Insider
Rich Kane/Icon SMISilas Redd posted his first 100-yard game as a Trojan on Saturday.Just one week after failing to establish an effective rushing attack in their opener, the Trojans' ground game finally got rolling on Saturday in a 42-29 victory over Syracuse in East Rutherford, New Jersey -- giving coach Lane Kiffin some of the offensive balance he has been looking for.
Silas Redd led all ball-carriers with 107 yards on 15 carries against an Orange defense that allowed only two 100-yard rushers in all of 2011, while Curtis McNeal added 63 yards on 11 carries. The offensive line also showed improvement, and as a team, the Trojans averaged an impressive 7.8 yards-per-carry in accumulating 258 rushing yards – this after managing only 81 yards on the ground against Hawaii in week-one.
And while Matt Barkley's six touchdown passes and the standout performances by receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee are sure to receive the lion's share of the attention following the win, it was McNeal who seemed to kick-start the entire offense on the team's first possession of the second quarter.