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NCAA Game Summary - Nebraska at Southern California



(Saturday, September 16th)

Final Score: (4) Southern California 28, (19) Nebraska 10

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - John David Booty threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns as fourth-ranked Southern California easily handled No. 19 Nebraska, 28-10, at the LA Memorial Coliseum.

Booty was spectacular in his first home start for the Trojans (2-0), who have won 47 of their past 49 games. The junior quarterback completed 25-of-36 passes in the game.

His top target was All-American wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, who caught 11 passes for 136 yards and two scores. Emmanuel Moody led USC on the ground with 70 yards on just nine carries.

Zac Taylor finished 8-of-16 with 115 yards passing for the Cornhuskers (2-1), who have never bested Southern California. Kenny Wilson rushed for 46 yards on 19 carries while Brando Jackson had four receptions for 36 yards.

Nebraska went on top in a first quarter dominated by defense when Jordan Congdon booted a 38-yard field goal with 3:23 left in the opening frame.

The advantage was short-lived, however, as USC finally got things moving. Booty capped an impressive nine-play, 83-yard drive when he hit Jarrett with a 13-yard slant pass on the last play of the first quarter to take a 7-3 edge.

The Trojans then took control late in the first half. This time, Booty threw a three-yard strike to Steve Smith over the middle to give USC a 14-3 cushion with 2:52 before intermission.

The big play on the drive set up Smith's TD. Booty converted a third-and-20 play by hooking up with Jarrett on a 21-yard gain down to the three-yard line.

USC put things away early in the third quarter. After Cary Harris recovered a Taylor fumble at the Cornhuskers' 31, Booty finished a quick four-play drive by throwing a five-yard strike to Jarrett. The TD gave the Trojans a commanding 21-3 edge with just over 12 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Cornhuskers finally broke through and found the end zone early in the final quarter. Taylor bootlegged in from a yard out to make it 21-10 with 12:44 remaining.

Any hope of a Nebraska comeback was quickly squashed by a brilliant 14-play, 81-yard USC march. The impressive drive was capped by a seven-yard Chauncey Washington run with 6:27 on the clock.

Game Notes

USC senior running back Ryan Powdrell was carted off the field after he appeared to dislocate his ankle with just over three minutes gone in the first quarter...These two storied programs have won 16 national championships between them but only met for the third time and for the first time since 1970. USC leads the all-time series 2-0-1.

09/16 23:45:56 ET


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