Defense Dominates In USC Football Scrimmage

Aug. 22, 2009

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It was a day for the USC defense as it allowed the Trojan offense just 180 total yards in a 69-play intrasquad football scrimmage in front of 1,000 fans at USC on Saturday (Aug. 22).

The defense had a safety (linebacker Shane Horton tackled tailback Curtis McNeal in the end zone), an interception (safety Josh Pinkard picked off quarterback Matt Barkley's bomb in the end zone) and 6 quarterback sacks.

Defensive end Malik Jackson had 2 sacks among his 4 tackles, while linebacker Jordan Campbell also had 4 tackles and defensive end Devon Kennard had 2 tackles for a loss (with a sack) and a deflection.

Barkley completed 7-of-13 passes for 56 yards and fellow quarterback Mitch Mustain was 6-of-12 for 57 yards. Tailbacks Joe McKnight (31 yards on 4 carries) and Stafon Johnson (29 yards on 6 attempts) were the leading rushers, while wide receiver Brice Butler had 5 receptions for 39 yards and wide receiver David Ausberry added 3 catches for 36 yards.

'I loved the competition out there and the hitting was game-like,' said ninth-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'It was a great day for the defense. The pursuit was excellent and the defense allowed nothing to break out.'

Seven-time defending Pac-10 champion USC opens its 2009 season on Sept. 5 when it hosts San Jose State.

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