Defense Wins USC Spring Football Game Despite Long TDs By Morgan, Vainuku
April 14, 2012
Despite long touchdowns by tailback D.J. Morgan and fullback Soma Vainuku, USC's defense beat the Trojan offense, 34-27, in the USC Spring Football Game before 15,515 fans at the Coliseum on a windy Saturday (April 14).
The defense was awarded 3 points for defensive stops of drives and 5 points for turnovers in the 91-play game that concluded USC's spring football practice.
Morgan opened the day's scoring with a 47-yard TD run, then placekicker Andre Heidari added field goals of 28 and 47 yards in the first half. In the second half, wide receiver Marqise Lee caught a 1-yard scoring pass from quarterback Matt Barkley, then late in the game quarterback Cody Kessler found Vainuku streaking up the sideline on a 44-yard TD toss.
Barkley was 23-of-39 passing for 212 yards, while Kessler was 3-of-6 for 68 yards and fellow redshirt freshman Max Wittek was 3-of-7 for 27 yards. Lee caught 7 passes for 57 yards, while wide receiver De'Von Flournoy also had 7 receptions (for 69 yards). Vainuku had 4 catches for 66 yards and tight end Xavier Grimble had 4 grabs for 73 yards.
Morgan ran 6 times for 53 yards on a day when the Trojans rushed 28 times and passed 61 times.
Linebacker Hayes Pullard and cornerback Anthony Brown each had 6 tackles, while linebacker Dion Bailey added 5 stops. Cornerback Isiah Wiley had 5 deflections to go along with his 4 tackles. There were 3 sacks (by defensive ends Devon Kennard, Greg Townsend Jr. and Morgan Breslin).
USC, coming off a 10-2 season, opens its 2012 schedule by hosting Hawaii in the Coliseum on Sept. 1.
RUSHING-Morgan 6-56 (1 TD), Ross 6-21, Allen 3-11, McNeal 7-8
PASSING-Barkley 23-39-212 (1 TD, 1 int), Kessler 3-6-68 (1 TD, 1 int), Wittek 3-7-27
RECEIVING-Flournoy 7-69, Lee 7-57 (1 TD), Grimble 4-73, Vainuku 4-66 (1 TD)
DEFENSE-Tackles: Pullard 6, Brown 6, Bailey 5, Wiley 4, McDonald 4. Tackles For Loss: Kennard 2. Sacks: Kennard 1, Townsend Jr. 1, Breslin 1. Deflections: Wiley 5, Tober 2. Interceptions: McAllister 1, Baucham 1.
Turnovers-2 (2 interceptions)
Penalties-2 (2 offense)
SCORING - Defense 34 (8 stops, 2 turnovers), Offense 27 (3 touchdowns, 2 field goals)
Morgan 47-yard run (Heidari kick)
Heidari 28-yard field goal
Heidari 47-yard field goal
Lee 1-yard pass from Barkley (Heidari kick)
Vainuku 44-pass from Kessler (Heidari kick)