Justin Davis rushed for 130 yards for the Trojans, while Ronald Jones II became the top freshman rusher in USC history.
Ronald Jones II, Justin Davis and Soma Vainuku rushed for scores
Cody Kessler finished the regular season with 3,505 yards passing and 36 TDs.
USC defeats Notre Dame, 49-14
The Trojans offensive line struggled to protect Kessler against UCLA's fiery defense
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USC falls to Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship, on December 5, 2015.
NCAA Football: USC squares off against Oregon at Autzen Stadium.
CAREER: He has 1,858 yards on 351 carries (5.3 avg) with 17 TDs, plus 32 receptions for 288 yards (9.0 avg) with 3 TDs and 7 kickoff returns for 211 yards (19.2 avg) in his career. His 1,858 career rushing yards is 22nd on USC’s all-time list. He has 8 career starts.
2016: The experienced Davis, a quick, darting runner, returns as the starting tailback as a senior in 2016.
2015: Davis started the last 8 games of 2015 at tailback as a junior. Overall while appearing in 13 games (all but Arkansas State), he ran for 902 yards on 169 carries (5.3 avg) with 7 TDs, caught 18 passes for 189 yards (10.5 avg) and had 11 kickoff returns for 211 yards (19.2 avg). He made 2015 All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 third team. He missed the Arkansas State opener with hamstring and rib injuries.
Against Idaho, he had 74 yards on 5 carries (14.8 average) with 2 short TDs (he also had a 43-yard non-scoring run). He had 46 yards on 8 tries and 3 catches for 23 yards against Stanford. He had 24 yards on 7 carries and another 35 yards on 2 receptions at Arizona State. He had 31 yards on 8 carries and another 36 yards on 2 catches against Washington. He had 52 yards on 7 carries and 3 catches for 33 yards at Notre Dame. He had 66 yards on 19 tries (with a 9-yard scoring run) versus Utah. He had 42 yards on 15 carries and 2 kickoff returns for 53 yards at California. He had 85 yards (with TDs of 9 and 16 yards) on 16 carries and he had a 7-yard kickoff return versus Arizona. He had a game-best 85 yards on 14 carries along with 3 catches for 28 yards and a 27-yard kickoff return at Colorado. He ran for a career-best 141 yards on 16 carries and he also had 3 catches for 24 yards and 2 kickoff returns for 59 yards at Oregon. He had 130 yards on 25 carries (100 in the fourth quarter on 15 rushes) against UCLA to win USC’s Player of the Game Vs. UCLA Award. He had 99 yards on 17 carries (1 yard shy of his third consecutive 100-yard rushing outing), caught 2 passes for 20 yards and returned a kickoff for no yards against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game. He had 27 yads on 12 carries with 2 short TDs and also returned 4 kickoffs for 65 yards versus Wisconsin.
2014: Davis was the backup tailback as a sophomore in 2014. Overall in 2014 while seeing action in all 13 games, he had 129 carries for 595 yards (4.6 avg) with 4 TDs, plus 13 receptions for 92 yards (7.1 avg) with 2 TDs. He sat out 2014 spring practice while recovering from a 2013 ankle injury.
He had 30 yards on 12 tries and he also had 2 receptions for 21 yards against Fresno State. He added 20 yards on 8 carries with a 1-yard TD and he also caught a 10-yard pass at Stanford. He had 10 yards on 6 rushes at Boston College. He had 15 carries for 82 yards with a 21-yard score and 3 catches for 30 yards with a 16-yard TD against Oregon State. He added 67 yards on 14 tries and also had a 5-yard TD at Arizona State. At Arizona, he had 28 yards on 7 rushes and caught a 2-yard pass, then had 97 yards on 11 carries against Colorado, 9 yards on 4 tries at Utah and 44 yards on 9 tries (along with a catch for minus 1 yard) at Washington State. He had 45 yards on 11 tries with a TD against California, added 37 yards on 9 rushes and caught 4 passes for 25 yards with a short TD at UCLA and 81 yards on 19 carries with a 16-yard TD run against Notre Dame. He ran for 45 yards on 4 carries against Nebraska.
2013: Davis, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2013 after graduating a semester early from high school, made an immediate impression as a backup tailback as a first-year freshman in 2013 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury that ended his campaign. Overall in 2013 while appearing in the first 7 games (Hawaii, Washington State, Boston College, Utah State, Arizona State, Arizona, Notre Dame), he ran for 361 yards on 53 carries (6.8 avg) with 6 TDs, plus he had a 7-yard catch (7.0 avg).
He had 74 yards on 14 rushes with a 3-yard TD at Hawaii, then 2 yads on 2 carries against Washington State. He added 96 yards on 10 carries with a 17-yard TD against Boston College, then 17 yards on 6 carries against Utah State. He had 122 yards on 10 carries with 3 TDs (26, 15 and 58 yards) at Arizona State. He then had 38 yards on 9 carries (with an 11-yard TD) against Arizona. He had 12 yards on 2 carries and caught a 7-yard pass at Notre Dame before suffering an ankle injury at Notre Dame that sidelined him for the rest of the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Rivals 100, Scout 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Stockton Record All-Area first team and All-San Joaquin Athletic Association Co-MVP as he ran for 1,806 yards on 229 carries (7.9 avg.) with 23 TDs as a senior running back at Lincoln High in Stockton (Calif.).
As a 2011 junior, he ran for 2,613 yards on 274 carries (9.5 avg.) with 39 TDs as his team went 11-2. He made 2011 ESPNHS.com All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team and Stockton Record All-Area MVP.
As a sophomore in 2010, he ran for 1,316 yards on 221 carries (6.0 avg.) with 20 TDs as he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team.
He also ran track at Lincoln, with best of 11.09 in the 100 meters, 22.76 in the 200 meters and 19-10 in the long jump.
PERSONAL: He is a social sciences (economics) major at USC.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH JUSTIN DAVIS
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JUSTIN DAVIS
Former USC quarterback Cody Kessler: “Justin is an all-around back. He can move, be shifty, but at the same time he has that physical mindset…If it’s third-and-1, he’s going to win every time. It’s just the type of guy he is. He runs hard, and he plays hard.”