USC Secures Season-Opening Win Over Idaho, 38-10
Sept. 1, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As expected, No. 1 USC began the season with a one-sided victory.
John David Booty threw three touchdown passes, Stafon Johnson scored the first two TDs of his college career, and the top-ranked Trojans sputtered at times while beating outmanned Idaho 38-10 for their 34th straight victory at home dating to 2001 -- the longest such active streak in the country.
The crowd of 90,917 at the Los Angeles Coliseum got restless on occasion, and there were some boos following USC's second straight punt late in the second quarter. The vaunted USC defense allowed 182 yards of total offense in the first half and forced only one turnover.
The Trojans, favored by 46 points, scored touchdowns on their first three possessions before being outgained in the second period. Then, they scored 17 points while holding Idaho without a first down in the third quarter to make it a runaway. Reserves played most of the final period.
USC entered the season with a 59-6 record during the last five years, and was ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason poll for the third time in four years.
Idaho was just 14-45 during the last five seasons, and Robb Akey is the Vandals' third coach in three years. Akey spent the last eight years as an assistant at Washington State.
Booty completed 21 of 32 passes for 206 yards with one interception before coming out of the game for good late in the third quarter. C.J. Gable gained 68 yards on eight carries and Johnson, who had only three carries as a freshman last year, picked up 64 yards on 12 attempts.
Idaho's Nathan Enderle was 16-of-34 for 155 yards, and Deonte Jackson gained 99 yards on 22 carries. Both are redshirt freshman.
After taking next weekend off, the Trojans figure to get a much stiffer test Sept. 15 when they travel to face No. 20 Nebraska, a 52-10 winner over Nevada on Saturday.