Leinart Throws 2 TDs, Colbert Catches 2 And White Runs For 2 In USC'S Final Scrimmage
Aug. 22, 2003
USC quarterback Matt Leinart threw a pair of touchdown passes, wide receiver Keary Colbert caught 2 TDs and running back LenDale White ran for 2 scores to highlight the Trojans' final pre-season intrasquad scrimmage on Howard Jones Field on Friday (Aug. 22).
Leinart, USC's starter, was 16-of-20 for 250 yards. His scoring tosses went 34 yards to wide receiver Steve Smith and 23 yards to Colbert. In 3 pre-season scrimmages this fall, he hit 75.4% of his passes (43-of-57) with 6 touchdowns.
White's TD runs were 2 and 15 yards.
Quarterbacks Matt Cassel (3-of-4, 26 yards) and Brandon Hance (2-of-5, 18 yards) also threw TDs. Colbert caught an 11-yarder from Cassel and wide receiver Mike Williams grabbed a 12-yarder from Hance.
Defensively, cornerback John Walker had 5 tackles and blocked a punt, safety Kyle Matthews also had 5 stops and defensive tackle Mike Patterson had 3 tackles for losses. Safety Mike Ross returned an interception 66 yards and linebacker also had an interception.
The 110-play scrimmage was conducted like an actual game, beginning with the team staying at a local hotel on Thursday evening, where they had meals and meetings, then busing to the game and conducting pre-game and halftime meetings in the locker room.
'We accomplished so many things in the last 24 hours, starting with the whole process at the hotel all the way through this mock game,' said third-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'We made it as realistic as we could.'
No. 8-ranked USC opens its 2003 season on Aug. 30 at Auburn. The Trojans, No. 4 in the final 2002 AP poll after going 11-2 and sharing the Pac-10 championship, are riding an 8-game winning streak, including season-ending victories over UCLA, Notre Dame and then Iowa in the Orange Bowl.
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