Ausberry, McNeal Score TDs in USC's First Intrasquad Scrimmage

    Aug. 8, 2010

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    Receiver David Ausberry caught a pair of touchdown passes and tailback Curtis McNeal ran for a 30-yard TD to highlight the USC football team's first intrasquad scrimmage of 2010 fall camp on Sunday (Aug. 8) at USC.

    Ausberry caught a 5-yard scoring toss from quarterback Mitch Mustain and a 10-yarder from quarterback Matt Barkley.

    On his scoring run, McNeal was nearly knocked down twice, but kept his balance to break away. McNeal had 57 yards on 6 carries overall.

    Mustain, running the second team offense against the second team defense, completed 23-of-35 passes for 231 yards. Barkley, guiding the first team offense against the first team defense, was 9-of-15 for 127 yards. Neither quarterback threw an interception.

    Tight end Jordan Cameron caught 8 passes for 96 yards.

    USC's other score came on a 35-yard interception return by walk-on linebacker Alonso Augusto off of freshman quarterback Jesse Scroggins.

    Of the tailbacks besides McNeal, Dillon Baxter had 39 yards on 5 rushes, Marc Tyler added 34 yards on 7 attempts and C.J. Gable had 25 yards on 7 carries.

    Wide receivers Robert Woods (56 yards) and walk-on Robbie Boyer (34 yards) each had 4 receptions, while Ronald Johnson added 3 catches for 39 yards, and both Rhett Ellison (32 yards) and Markeith Ambles (21 yards) had a pair of catches.

    Linebacker Devon Kennard led the defense with 7 tackles, while safety Dion Bailey added 6 stops. A number of defenders had 4 tackles: linebackers Malcolm Smith (with a sack and deflection), Ross Cumming and Hayes Pullard, cornerbacks Nickell Robey and Brian Baucham, safety T.J. McDonald and defensive tackle DaJohn Harris.

    "It was a good scrimmage, but we have a lot to work on," said Kiffin, whose team was in its first day of full pads. "To go 93 plays and have only 1 turnover, and that was by the third team, was good for the offense. But the defense has to do a better job of getting the ball out. The defense did do a good job against the run. On offense, I thought Mustain picked right up from where he left off in the spring. Cameron and Ellison made a bunch of plays and Ausberry continued to do a good job."

    The Trojans open their 2010 season at Hawaii on Sept. 2.