USC opened the season Sat. against Western Michigan at L.A.’ Memorial Coliseum. Get your updates right here all through the game.
If USC pulls out a success right here, keep in mind Deontay Burnettâ€™s diving 27-yard grab on 3rd & 17. The- 1st down sprung the Trojans, who marched down the sector thanks, largely, to aÂ 28-yard catch & run by Burnett. Sam Darnold scored on an 11-yard keeper to tie the score at 21. Thirty-four seconds stay within the 3rd quarter.
Western Michigan used some trickery to retake the lead. Quarterback Jon Wassink threw a backyard pass to Keishawn Watson, who tossed it back across the sector to Wassink. USC linebacker Porter Gustin came within inches of grabbing the pass for what wouldâ€™ve been a simple USC touchdown. Instead, Wassink took itÂ & jogged in to the complete zone for a 27-yard score. Western Michigan leads, 21-14, with 9:11 left within the 3rd quarter.
USCâ€™s offense has woken up. Sam Darnold used Deontay Burnett to move USC upfield & Jones punched in his 2nd touchdown of the half. The- score is tied, 14-14, with four:21 remaining within the half.
Western Michigan is encountering little resistance from USCâ€™s front seven. The- Broncos have run via USCâ€™s line. Quarterback Jon Wassink rushed in a seven-yard touchdown to cap a 84-yard drive. Western Michigan leads, 14-7, with 14:53 left within the 2nd quarter.
Western Michigan answers with a 59-yard drive capped off by a troublesome, four-yard run by Jamauri Bogan. He broke by means of 4 tacklers. Score is tied, 7-7.
Ronald Jones II made in that drive look very straightforward. He shocked Western Michigan for a 29-yard achieve then shrugged off an arm tackle & cruised 16 yards for USCâ€™s 1st score of the season. Jones packed on weight this off-season to be a more powerful back, & it showed. USC leadsÂ 7-Zero.
Western Michigan won the toss & elected to defer. USC will begin with the ball by itself 25-yard line.
PlayingÂ in highschool or watching from the bench, a brand new player can overlook one unchangeable fact about college football: The- dominant emotion of the game just isn’t pleasure. It isn’t school pride. There are large men on the sector making an attempt to make you mess up. Making an attempt to harm you. The- dominant emotion is worry.
Above all else, that’s whatÂ USCÂ safety Chris Hawkins remembers about his 1st begin 4 seasons ago against Fresno State.
“I used to be scared,â€� Hawkins stated after one of USCâ€™s ultimate practices before Saturdayâ€™s opener againstÂ Western MichiganÂ at the Coliseum. â€œI was super scared. I imply, I used to be nervous. I used to be 178 pounds at the time, & I used to be 19 years of time of time old, & in that feeling was crazy being in front of all these fans. & I used to be shaking in my boots somewhat bit.â€�
Hawkins, a fifth-year senior now seemed to by teammates for recommendation, provided one piece of knowledge for the eight Trojans who can be getting in to full-time roles for the 1st time Sat.: If youâ€™re not a bit of scared before a game, one thing is wrong.
USC will march in to its opener more battle-hardened than a yr ago, when it was trampled by Alabama. Eight Trojan starters played extensively last season on offense; 9 did so on defense.
However USC has designs on far more than merely another bowl win. Within the moments after the Trojansâ€™ wild Rose Bowl success in Jan., a time frequently reserved for unabashed celebration, athletic directorÂ Lynn SwannÂ delivered a sober assessment outside USCâ€™s locker room.
“We are not there still,â€� he stated. The- success was good; still it wasn’t amongst USCâ€™s best.
USCÂ (Zero-Zero) vs.Â Western MichiganÂ (Zero-Zero),Â Sat., 2:15 p.m., Coliseum
TV:Â Pac-12Â Networks. Radio: 710 AM
USCâ€™s defensive front seven vs. Western Michiganâ€™s running game: The- defensive front has the potential to be USCâ€™s best in years of time of time. It is going to receive a direct test 'cause Western Michiganâ€™s running game, USC coachÂ Clay HeltonÂ stated, is among the many best the Trojans will see this yr. It’s a three-pronged attack. Jarvion Franklin, a 225-pound bruiser, rushed for 1,353 yards last season &, in accordance to Helton, is â€œgreat between the tackles.â€� Jamauri Bogan â€œis a jitterbugâ€� & LeVante Bellamy â€œis a real speed guy,â€� Helton stated. USC has 4 dependable All-Pac-12 contenders on its front: linebackers Uchenna Nwosu, Porter Gustin & Cameron Smith & lineman Rasheem Green.
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