NCAA Game Summary - San Jose State at Southern California|
(Saturday, September 5th)
Final Score: (4) Southern California 56, San Jose State 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Joe McKnight scored a pair of touchdowns,
rushing for 145 yards on 14 carries, and freshman quarterback Matt Barkley
completed 15-of-19 passes for 233 yards and a score, as fourth-ranked Southern
California annihilated San Jose State, 56-3, in the season-opener at the Los
The Trojans, who finished last year with an 11-1 mark and a win over Penn
State in the Rose Bowl, ran all over SJSU. Stafon Johnson rushed for a pair of
touchdowns, while Marc Tyler and Allen Bradford rushed for a touchdown each in
"The offensive line made holes up field for us, and all we had to do was run.
Matt came into the huddle calm and collected. He gave us a pep talk when we
started slow, and it all took off from there," McKnight said.
Damian Williams caught three passes for 67 yards for Southern California,
which has now won its last 12 season openers. Anthony McCoy brought in three
passes for 64 yards. Rhett Ellison and D.J. Shoemate had one receiving TD
apiece in the win.
Barkley became the first true freshman in USC history to start a season at
quarterback. Aaron Corp played the fourth period and completed 4-of-4 passes
for 45 yards and a score for the Trojans, who played their 92nd consecutive
game as a ranked team.
"I was not nervous at all. I got goosebumps during the Trojan walk, but I came
out early and threw and really got settled. The only thing different than
practice was that there were fans in the stands. You could really feel the
energy," Barkley said.
Patrick Perry carried the ball 14 times for 48 yards for the Spartans, who
finished last year with a 6-6 mark and were denied a bowl bid. Kyle Reed
connected on 9-of-17 passes for 66 yards. Kevin Jurovich caught five balls for
64 yards in defeat.
"For a while, it looked like we could compete. Obviously, it was an illusion.
In the final analysis, they were much better and much better coached than
we were. Coach Carroll has another good football team. I've seen them do
that to too many good teams. I've watched a lot of tape when the game was
close and then suddenly it was a blowout," Spartans coach Dick Tomey said.
San Jose State made things interesting early by scoring the only points of the
first quarter, thanks to some help from its defense. On the Spartans' second
possession of the contest, Reed lost a fumble, which set up USC at the
SJSU 32. However, McKnight fumbled on the Trojans' first play, giving the ball
right back to San Jose State.
The Spartans couldn't capitalize following the fumble, but Tyler Cope's 41-
yard field goal with 3:36 left in the period gave SJSU a 3-0 edge. San Jose
State forced a fumble on Southern California's ensuing drive, but went three-
and-out on offense.
USC fired back with a huge second stanza, putting 28 points on the board in
the frame to take control of the tilt. Johnson got the Trojans started
with a four-yard TD scamper with 10:47 remaining until half. A little over
five minutes later, Johnson rushed in from two yards out to put Southern Cal
The Trojans kept the ball on the ground, as Bradford broke a 43-yard
touchdown run with 2:28 left until the half. McKnight's five-yard TD run with
less than 30 seconds left gave USC a commanding 28-3 lead heading into the
USC continued the onslaught in the third quarter, putting 14 more points on
the board. McKnight brought the crowd to their feet when he danced his way
through the SJSU defense for a 54-yard score early in the period.
Barkley's first collegiate touchdown pass came with 8:21 to go in the third,
when he connected with Ellison on a five-yard pass for a 42-3 margin.
Tyler's one-yard TD run and Corp's 10-yard touchdown pass to Shoemate in the
fourth capped the scoring in the game.
USC wide receiver Ronald Johnson, who grabbed 33 passes for 570 and eight
scores a year ago, will miss the first six weeks with a broken
collarbone...USC rushed for a total of 342 yards...Tyler rushed for 72 yards
on five carries.
09/05 23:24:19 ET