Cardinal Beats Gold

April 7, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Tailback Sultan McCullough ran for a pair of short touchdowns to lead the Cardinal team to a 16-7 victory over the Gold team in USC football's Trojan Huddle intrasquad scrimmage on a rainy Saturday (April 7) before 2,000 fans in the Coliseum.

The 78-play scrimmage came at the midway point of USC's 15-practice spring drills, which run through April 21.

McCullough, a junior who ran for 1,163 yards last season, scored on a 5-yard run and a 1-yarder for the Cardinal squad, which was composed of the first team offense and defense.

Senior placekicker David Newbury hit a 30-yard field goal for the Cardinal's other points after missing an earlier PAT.

The only score for the Gold team came on a 14-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Cassel to freshman wide receiver Frank Candela. Cassel was 4-of-11 for 33 yards overall, with an interception.

Quarterback Carson Palmer, a junior who is fifth on USC's career passing list, completed 10-of-21 passes for 148 yards.

Top receivers included senior tight end Kori Dickerson, a starting linebacker last season, who had 3 grabs for 38 yards, plus junior wide receiver Kareem Kelly (2 catches, 27 yards), senior tailback Malaefou MacKenzie (2 catches, 20 yards), sophomore wide receiver Keary Colbert (2 catches, 11 yards) and junior wide receivers Steve Stevenson (a 35-yard reception) and Marcell Allmond (a 22-yard reception).

Junior defensive tackle Bernard Riley led the defense with 5 tackles, including 4 for losses of 9 yards (with 2 sacks). A quartet of seniors had 4 tackles each: defensive end Bobby DeMars (with 2 sacks), cornerback Antuan Simmons, safety Frank Strong and linebacker John Cousins. Senior linebacker Darryl Knight returned an interception 31 yards and redshirt freshman safety Kyle Matthews blocked a punt.

'The scrimmage didn't go exactly how we had wanted,' said new USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'We had hoped to be much sharper. We need so much work right now. But it was a lot of fun for the coaches and players to be here in the Coliseum. It's a great place to play.

'I thought it was a little easier for the defense today, but that's how it should be right now. The offense is still coming together. But we hung onto the ball pretty well.

'The players had fun. We just weren't as precise and exact as we need to be.'

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