Big night from USC special teams 

September, 9, 2012
You won’t find a more well-rounded special teams performance than the one put together by the Trojans on Saturday night and they did it without the services of All Pac-12 placekicker Andre Heidari, who stayed home due to a knee injury.

Heidari’s replacements were walk-ons Craig McMahon for kickoffs and Alex Wood for extra points. McMahon hit three kickoffs into the end zone and didn’t allow a return past the 25-yard line. Wood – a true freshman – was successful on all six of his extra point attempts.

Kyle Negrete averaged 50-yards per punt on three punts, including a key 65-yard punt and roll that changed the field position of the game at the time. There was also good coverage play with big hits by Tony Burnett and Soma Vainuku.