Heidari Kicks 4 Field Goals, But Defense Wins USC Spring Game|
April 19, 2014
Placekicker Andre Heidari nailed 4 field goals, but the Trojan defense beat the offense, 16-15, in the USC football team's 85-play spring game on Saturday (April 19) before 17,500 fans in the Coliseum and a Pac-12 Networks television audience.
The game concluded Troy's 15 days of spring practice under new head coach Steve Sarkisian.
The Trojans mixed in portions of practice drills and fan participation during the game, including fans fielding punts, a youngster catching a touchdown pass and a punt, pass and kick competition.
In the game's scoring system, the defense was awarded points for three-and-outs, fourth down stops and other defensive stops.
Outside linebacker Scott Starr had a game-high 6 tackles, including 3 for losses (with a sack). Fellow outside linebackers J.R. Tavai and Jabari Ruffin added 5 tackles, as did inside linebacker Nick Schlossberg.
Heidari's field goals were 24, 38, 44 and 36 yards. He missed a 34-yarder.
"I was pleased with with the day and how hard we played," said Sarkisian. "It was great to be in the Coliseum in front of our fans on such a nice spring day. We had a couple big pass plays, but the defense played really well and tackled well. And we got out of the game with no serious injuries."
USC opens its 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Fresno State in the Coliseum.