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                        === Trojans shut down Hawaii ===
 
 Honolulu,  HI (Sports Network) - Southern California entered Thursday's season
 opener in Hawaii without officially naming a starting quarterback.
 
 The 24th-ranked Trojans left the Aloha State with a 30-13 win, but didn't find
 much clarity in the battle for the starting job.
 
 Cody  Kessler  earned the  nod for  the opener  after outperforming Max Wittek
 during training camp.
 
 Kessler went 10-for-19 for 95 yards, a touchdown and an interception before he
 was pulled in favor of Wittek in the third quarter.
 
 Wittek, who appeared in eight games and started the final two contests for USC
 last  season after Matt Barkley suffered a season-ending injury, finished with
 a unimpressive 77 yards on 5-of-10 passing and was sacked twice.
 
 "Going  into that last week they were neck and neck, and we told Max that Cody
 just  had a little  bit of a better week," said USC head coach Lane Kiffin. "A
 few  things  he had done late  in the week just  put him a notch above. But we
 wanted to see both guys play and see how they'd do."
 
 While  neither  quarterback seemed  to get  the offense  going, Tre Madden and
 Justin  Davis headlined a USC (1-0) rushing attack that picked up 192 yards on
 the  ground. Madden  rushed 18 times for  109 yards and Davis added 14 carries
 for 74 yards and a touchdown.
 
 2012  Biletnikoff Award  winner and  2013 Heisman  hopeful Marqise  Lee caught
 eight passes for 104 yards.
 
 The  Trojans'  defense  also  shined  for  new  defensive  coordinator  Clancy
 Pendergast, holding the Warriors to 231 total yards and four turnovers.
 
 Hawaii (0-1) had quarterback woes of its own. Junior Taylor Graham, making his
 first  start since  high school, completed just 16-of-41 passes for 208 yards,
 one touchdown and four interceptions.
 
 "I  told  the players before and  I told them after,  all you can ask out of a
 football  team is  that you play hard and  they did that. I am really proud of
 their efforts," said Hawaii head coach Norm Chow.
 
 After  failing to  convert on  fourth down  in Hawaii  territory on  its first
 drive,  USC  got on the  board with Andre Heidari's  20-yard field goal for an
 early lead.
 
 Su'a  Cravens gave  the Trojans excellent field position after making a diving
 interception  on  the Warriors'  38-yard line.  USC picked up  a quick pair of
 first  downs to  get to the Hawaii 1,  but Madden was stuffed at the goal line
 and  driven  back three yards. Kessler's  pass to Lee  in the end zone was off
 target  and  Madden was stopped  on third down, forcing  USC to settle for the
 field goal.
 
 Art  Laurel sacked Kessler in the end zone in the opening minute of the second
 quarter to put the Warriors on the board. Hawaii went three-and-out, but Scott
 Harding  pinned the Trojans  back on their 1. Laurel broke through the line on
 the very next play and slammed Kessler to the turf for the safety.
 
 Following  the free  kick,  Tyler Hadden  drilled  a 42-yard  field  to cap  a
 stagnant seven-play, 17-yard drive to give the Warriors a brief 5-3 lead.
 
 It  would be  all USC  from there  though, as  Kessler hooked  up with  Nelson
 Agholor  for a  19-yard touchdown pass. Hayes Pullard picked off Graham at the
 Hawaii  30 to  give the Trojans excellent field position. After Kessler picked
 up  a first  down on 4th-and-2, Kessler delivered a beautiful touchdown strike
 to Agholor in the front left corner of the end zone to give USC a 10-5 lead.
 
 Josh Shaw picked off Graham on the ensuing possession and returned it 35 yards
 for  a score to put the Trojans up 17-5 and Heidari drilled a 52-yarder on the
 final play of the first half to send USC into the break with a 20-5 advantage.
 
 After Kessler was unable to get the offense moving on the opening drive of the
 second half, Kiffin turned to Wittek.
 
 Heidari made a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth. Davis capped a 10-play,
 80-yard march later in the quarter with a 3-yard touchdown plunge.
 
 Graham's  60-yard touchdown strike with 30 seconds left to Keith Kirkwood, and
 a two-point conversion accounted for the final difference.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 USC  has won  16 straight season openers  ... USC star running back Silas Redd
 missed the game while recovering from knee surgery ... These teams have met in
 season  openers  five times  ... Hawaii  has dropped  17 of  its last 20 games
 against ranked opponents ... USC outgained Hawaii in total yardage, 364-231.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/30 07:47:32 ET

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