NCAA Game Summary - Southern California at California|
(Saturday, October 3rd)
Final Score: (7) Southern California 30, (24) California 3
Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) - Joe McKnight ran for 119 yards and a pair of
touchdowns, pacing seventh-ranked Southern California to a 30-3 romp of No. 24
California, dealing the Golden Bears their second straight blowout defeat.
Matt Barkley connected on 20-of-35 passes for 283 yards and was picked off
once for the Trojans (4-1, 2-1 Pac-10), who beat the Golden Bears for a sixth
straight time. Damian Williams caught eight passes for 101 yards and ran back
a punt 66 yards for a score.
Noticeably absent for the Trojans was running back Stafon Johnson, who
continues to recover from reconstructive surgery after a weight bar fell on
"I thought it was a great victory," said Barkley. "I was really happy with how
we came out and how we finished. I was also really happy that we could play
this game for Stafon. He was in our hearts the whole time. It was a great
victory for us and for him."
Kevin Riley went 15-of-40 passing for 199 yards and was intercepted once for
California (3-2, 0-2), which was a 42-3 loser at Oregon last Saturday. Jahvid
Best was limited to 47 yards on 14 carries.
"They (USC) played better than us, stopped the run and they put pressure on
the pass," said Cal coach Jeff Tedford. "We didn't execute very well in the
passing game. We had a chance to make some plays in the passing game and we
didn't do a very good job of it."
Riley drove Cal to the USC six on the game's first possession, but Taylor Mays
came up with the crucial interception in the end zone.
McKnight then capped USC's 80-yard drive with a 38-yard TD run, diving into
the end zone on the right side. The play was reviewed and confirmed that
McKnight stretched the ball across the goal line before his knee came down
inside the five-yard line.
Jordan Congdon's 28-yard field goal with under five minutes left in the first
made it 10-0, and Williams rumbled 66 yards on a punt return to the end zone
in the opening minute of the second quarter.
Congdon's 25-yard field goal moved the lead to 20-0 with 4 1/2 minutes
remaining in the half. Vince D'Amato missed a 38-yard field goal try in the
waning seconds of the half for Cal.
Congdon was good from 23 yards out on the opening drive of the second half and
USC's defense denied the Golden Bears on a 4th-and-2 play when Riley's pass to
Best fell incomplete.
D'Amato's 29-yard field goal early in the fourth represented the lone points
for Cal, and McKnight scored from four yards away with nearly five minutes to
USC has a week off before playing at Notre Dame October 17...California also
is idle next week before taking to the road against UCLA...USC head coach Pete
Carroll has 34 wins over AP top 25 teams, including the past nine tries.
10/04 03:02:24 ET