Gold Beats Cardinal In USC Football Scrimmage

    Aug. 26, 2010

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    The Gold team, behind 3 touchdown passes from quarterback Matt Barkley, beat the Cardinal team, 30-7, in the USC football team's final intrasquad scrimmage of 2010 fall camp on Thursday (Aug. 26) in the Coliseum.

    The Gold team was comprised of USC's starters and key backups, while the Cardinal squad was primarily scout team players. There was no tackling in the 98-play scrimmage.

    Barkley's scoring tosses were 22 yards to tight end Jordan Cameron, 29 yards to wide receiver Brice Butler and 4 yards to wide receiver Robert Woods. But Barkley also was intercepted twice, first by safety Cody Romness and then by linebacker Will Andrew, who returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. On the day, Barkley was 15-of-24 for 255 yards.

    Tailback Marc Tyler had a 2-yard TD run for the Gold team's other score.

    Wide receiver Ronald Johnson (38 yards) and Woods (24 yards) each had 3 receptions for the Gold team, while Cameron added 2 catches for 75 yards.

    Tailback Dillon Baxter caught 6 passes for 70 yards for the Cardinal squad, while quarterback John Manoogian hit 12-of-21 passes for 104 yards. Andrew had a scrimmage-best 5 tackles.

    Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey led the Gold team with 4 tackles, including 2.5 sacks. Defensive end Wes Horton added 2 sacks, while cornerback Shareece Wright blocked a Cardinal field goal.

    "It was good to have our players go through a game-like experience like this," said new USC head coach Lane Kiffin. "I was surprised that the (Cardinal) team played as well as they did today. That was good on their part, but it wasn't so good for the other side. I expected a lopsided game. It's obvious we have a lot of work to do before our opener. Then again, there was no live tackling, so the offensive guys couldn't fight for extra yards. I was most upset that we turned the ball over twice."

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