The No. 1 ranked USC Trojans lived up to their preseason hype today as they defeated the Hawaii Warriors 49-10 in their season opener.
It only took the Trojans 14 seconds to score their first of many touchdowns at the Coliseum when sophomore Marqise Lee ran untouched for 75-yards into the end zone. Junior Robert Woods got in on the action early as well, scoring off Matt Barkley’s 20 yard pass ten minutes later. USC covered 99 yards in its first eight plays.
As expected, the USC offense dominated the Warrior defense in the first half. Former Penn State running back Silas Redd scored his first touchdown for the cardinal and gold when he juked and passed a Hawaii defender early in the second quarter. Eight minutes later after the sixth pass interference call against Hawaii, the ball was placed at the two yard line for the Trojans. This led to the fourth catch and second touchdown for Woods, electrifying the Coliseum of just over 90,000 fans.
Heisman hopeful Matt Barkley threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns going into halftime, and the Trojans led 35-0 after a field goal in the half’s final seconds.
The USC defense finally showed weakness when Warriors QB Sean Schroeder completed a 18-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Scott Harding in their opening drive of the second half. But Marqise Lee answered immediately with a 100-yard kickoff return, increasing the Trojans' lead to 42-7. While Tyler Hadden’s field goal for Hawaii got the Warriors into double digits, Randall Telfer’s touchdown on a USC fourth-down conversion sealed the win for the Trojans. Hawaii's Schroeder threw for 213 yards in the game, but it was not enough, as the Warriors fell, 49-10.
The Trojans showed why they were 42-point game favorites and national title hopefuls. The USC defense, supposedly a concern this season, had six sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. As for miscues? How about three missed two-point conversions by the Trojans.
Hawaii, with its new head coach (former USC offensive coordinator) Norm Chow, will have time to reflect as it waits two weeks to play the Lamar Cardinals.
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