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)