Stafon Johnson Runs For 2 TDs In USC Football Scrimmage

Aug. 22, 2007

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Sophomore tailback Stafon Johnson ran for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Cardinal team to a 42-10 victory over the White team in the USC football team's scrimmage in front of 18,000 fans at the Coliseum on Wednesday evening (Aug. 22).

Johnson, who had 89 yards on 4 carries, scored on 1- and 14-yard runs.

The Cardinal squad-made up of USC's starters and key reserves-struck quickly, as senior tailback Chauncey Washington scored on a 1-yard run just a play after he jetted 63 yards on the opening play of the scrimmage.

The White team answered on the ensuing drive with a 35-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Joe Houston.

But the Cardinal team responded with a 16-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback John David Booty to redshirt freshman wide receiver David Ausberry. Booty completed 8-of-11 passes overall for 98 yards, while Ausberry had a game-high 4 catches for 55 yards.

The Cardinal team added two more quick touchdowns. Senior linebacker Thomas Williams blocked a punt on the White team's next drive and junior linebacker Kaluka Maiava took it 9 yards for a TD. Then Johnson followed his 67-yard run that opened the Cardinal team's next possession with a 1-yard scoring run on the next play.

Senior quarterback Michael McDonald got the White team a touchdown on the final play of the first half with a 6-yard pass to soph wide receiver Garrett Green.

The Cardinal team finished its scoring with Johnson's 14-yard run in the third quarter and then freshman quarterback Aaron Corp hit sophomore wide receiver Vidal Hazelton on a 7-yard TD strike on the game's final play.

Sophomore tailback Allen Bradford had 56 rushing yards on 10 carries for the White team, while Green (29 yards) and freshman wide receiver Brandon Carswell (35 yards) each added 3 receptions.

Senior cornerback Terrell Thomas had a game-best 6 tackles for the Cardinal squad.

'It was a great night,' said seventh-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'We accomplished so much. It was a game-like situation from when we went to the team hotel yesterday all the way until the end of the scrimmage. I'm pleased. We couldn't have done a whole lot more than we did.'

Five-time defending Pac-10 champ USC opens its 2007 season versus Idaho in the Coliseum on Sept. 1 at 7:15 p.m.

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