Defense Outshines Offense In USC Football's Intrasquad Scrimmage
Aug. 13, 2006
USC freshmen tailbacks Stafon Johnson, Allen Bradford and C.J. Gable combined for 215 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, but the Trojan defense had the upper hand throughout most of the Trojan football team's 79-play intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday evening (Aug. 13) on Howard Jones Field.
Johnson averaged 12.3 yards on his 7 carries to total 86 yards, including a 52-yard scoring burst. Bradford, who recently switched to offense from safety, added 64 yards on 14 rushes, with a pair of short TDs (3 yards and 1 yard). Gable ran for 65 yards on 5 attempts (13.0 average) and also had a 90-yard kickoff return.
The Trojan defense came up with 6 turnovers, including 5 fumble recoveries (senior linebacker Oscar Lua pounced on a fumbled kickoff in the end zone for an early score). Freshman safety Taylor Mays had an interception on the scrimmage's first play. The defense also posted 5 sacks.
Sophomore linebacker Kaluka Maiava had 5 tackles and a deflection. Posting 4 tackles each were a trio of freshman-cornerback Shareece Wright, defensive tackle Walker Lee Ashley and safety Alfred Rowe (with a sack)-plus junior defensive end Jeff Schweiger (with a sack). Linebackers Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing and Luthur Brown each had fumble recoveries, as did redshirt freshman safety Justin Hart.
'Our young running backs did some really good things,' said sixth-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'But our offense was controlled by the defense. The defense got to our quarterbacks and we were sloppy in the throwing game.'
Four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC opens its 2006 season at Arkansas on Sept. 2.