William Buchanon Catches Two TD Passes In Intrasquad Scrimmage
Aug. 10, 2005
Senior wide receiver William Buchanon caught a pair of long touchdown passes to highlight the two-time defending national champion USC football team's 68-play intrasquad scrimmage that concluded the first week of fall pre-season practice on Wednesday (Aug. 10).
Buchanon caught a 36-yard scoring toss from Heisman Trophy-winning senior quarterback Matt Leinart and then a 69-yarder from freshman quarterback Mark Sanchez. He also had a 79-yard TD reception off a Sanchez bomb called back because of a penalty for an ineligible receiver downfield.
Leinart, who was 8-of-11 for 136 yards overall, also threw a 17-yard score to junior tight end Nick Vanderboom. Sanchez was 5-of-8 overall for 110 yards, but was intercepted by freshman linebacker Brian Cushing.
Sophomore quarterback John David Booty, who came in after Leinart, was 10-of-12 for 85 yards and hit sophomore tight end Fred Davis for a 21-yard TD. Davis caught 4 passes overall for 63 yards. Junior wide receiver Chris McFoy also had 4 catches, for 44 yards.
USC's other offensive score came on a 1-yard run by All-American junior tailback Reggie Bush on the scrimmage's opening series.
Desmond Reed ran for 57 yards on 5 carries, while fellow sophomore tailback Chauncey Washington-who can practice but is ineligible to play in games in 2005-picked up 45 yards on 8 rushes.
Junior linebacker Oscar Lua had 7 tackles, senior cornerback John Walker added 6 stops and freshman safety Will Harris had 5 tackles. Freshman defensive end Kyle Moore had 3 of the defense's 6 sacks. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Fili Moala recovered a Booty fumble.
'This was a nice scrimmage,' said USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'The offense did a good job. The last few days, the defense had held its own against the offense, but today the offense lighted it up. I thought Leinart was in control and both young quarterbacks-Booty and Sanchez-did nice jobs and made some big plays. And Buchanon showed up big.'
Pre-season No. 1-ranked USC opens its 2005 season at Hawaii on Sept. 3.