Booty, Sanchez And Gable Shine In USC Scrimmage

Aug. 20, 2006

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Quarterbacks John David Booty and Mark Sanchez combined to complete 84 percent of their passes and freshman tailback C.J. Gable ran for a pair of touchdowns as the USC football team's regulars beat the Trojan backups, 34-7, in an 81-play scrimmage in front of 15,000 fans at the Coliseum on Sunday evening (Aug. 20).

Booty, USC's starter, hit his first 5 passes en route to a 10-of-12 night with 98 yards and a TD. Sanchez completed 6-of-7 throws for 79 yards and a score, and connected on his first 4 passes. Both quarterbacks' touchdown passes were 4-yarders, Booty to freshman tight end Anthony McCoy on the game's opening drive and Sanchez to senior fullback Ryan Powdrell.

Gable had the backups' only score, a 24-yard romp. He then scored on an 11-yard run for the regulars. Overall, he rushed for 53 yards on 6 carries, returned a kickoff 31 yards and had a 7-yard reception.

Junior tailback Desmond Reed returned a punt 60 yards for a TD early in the contest. Junior placekicker Mario Danelo nailed both of his field goal attempts, from 23 and 34 yards.

Freshman tailback Stafon Johnson had a game-high 56 yards on 10 carries. Senior wide receiver Steve Smith caught 5 passes for 54 yards, freshman wide receiver Travon Patterson added 4 grabs for 57 yards and fellow frosh wide receiver Vidal Hazelton had 3 catches for 42 yards.

Defensively, redshirt freshman linebacker Luthur Brown had a game-best 6 tackles, junior linebacker Keith Rivers added 4 stops, sophomore defensive end Kyle Moore had a sack, a forced fumble and a blocked punt and soph cornerback Mozique McCurtis intercepted a pass.

'This was a night to get as much game-like situations as possible,' said sixth-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'I was real proud of our quarterbacks, who got the completion percentage we were looking for. Our defense was good and fast hitting. Now, we've got two weeks to get this all together for our opener.'

Four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC, ranked third nationally, opens its 2006 season at Arkansas on Sept. 2.

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