Starters Beat Service Team, 36-0, In Football Intrasquad Scrimmage
Aug. 29, 2009
Tailback Stafon Johnson ran for a pair of short touchdowns and quarterback Matt Barkley threw a TD and ran for another as USC's first/second teamers shut out the Trojan service team, 36-0, in an intrasquad scrimmage in front of 6,000 fans in the Coliseum on a hot Saturday (Aug. 29) afternoon.
Johnson scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards. Barkley, who several days earlier was named the Trojan starter, completed 10-of-17 passes for 159 yards. He hit tight end Blake Ayles for a 4-yard score and he also had a 1-yard scoring sneak. He also threw an interception off a deflected pass in his first series.
Quarterback Aaron Corp, coming off a broken bone in his leg suffered early in fall camp, was 5-of-7 for 89 yards in late action.
Cornerback Byron Moore picked off Barkley, while quarterback Garrett Green had 3 of his passes for the service team intercepted (by safety Drew McAllister and cornerbacks Kevin Thomas and T.J. Bryant).
Starting wide receiver Ronald Johnson broke his collarbone while getting tackled after making a 34-yard reception and he is expected to be sidelined 6 weeks.
Seven-time defending Pac-10 champion USC opens its 2009 season this Saturday (Sept. 5) when it hosts San Jose State.