USC Offense Scores 6 TDs, Defense Gets 4 Picks In Scrimmage

    Aug. 21, 2010

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    The Trojan offense scored 6 touchdowns, but the defense had 4 interceptions, including 1 for a touchdown, to highlight the USC football team's 111-play intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday (Aug. 21) at USC.

    Quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Mitch Mustain each threw a pair of TDs, but Mustain was picked off twice and Barkley once (cornerback Shareece Wright returned it 35 yards for a touchdown). Wide receiver Ronald Johnson (38 yards) and tight end Randall Telfer (11 yards) had scoring catches from Barkley, who was 13-of-29 for 173 yards overall. Mustain, who was 14-of-27 for 181 yards, threw his TD passes to De'Von Flournoy (58 yards) and Brice Butler (21 yards), who both made one-handed grabs.

    Tailback Marc Tyler, who ran for 84 yards on 12 carries in the scrimmage, had an 8-yard TD run. On an earlier drive, he fumbled into the end zone from the 1-yard line, but tight end Rhett Ellison recovered the ball for a touchdown.

    Cornerback Nickell Robey returned a kickoff 82 yards for a score. Placekicker Joe Houston nailed a 33-yard field goal.

    Wide receiver Markeith Ambles had 7 receptions for 69 yards., while Johnson (70 yards) and Telfer (61 yards) each had 4 catches.

    Cornerback Torin Harris had an interception along with 5 tackles and defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo intercepted a Mustain pass that he tipped at the line of scrimmage. Safety Dion Bailey had 10 tackles and an interception, while 4 players each notched 4 tackles: defensive end Armond Armstead (2 were for losses), defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, linebacker Chris Galippo and cornerback Brian Baucham.

    In order to prevent injuries to an already-thin roster, the defensive players were instructed not to complete their tackles of ball carriers.

    "I thought the defense did a great job today," said new USC head coach Lane Kiffin. "They planned well for the offense and the players responded. It wasn't a great job by the offense. The best news was we didn't have any injuries, so from that standpoint the scrimmage worked. But because we didn't tackle, I'm not going to read anything into the stats."

    The Trojans, who are ranked 14th in the AP pre-season poll, open their 2010 season at Hawaii on Sept. 2.