No. 4 USC Dismantles Hawaii
By KEN PETERS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - Matt Leinart threw two touchdown passes and SouthernCalifornia's defense held Hawaii's Timmy Chang in check until late in the gameas the fourth-ranked Trojans beat the Warriors 61-32 Saturday.
Freshmen tailbacks Reggie Bush and LenDale White each ran for a pair oftouchdowns as the Trojans won their 11th consecutive game stretching to lastOctober.
Leinart completed 15 of 21 passes for 200 yards and didn't play after thethird quarter.
The Trojans (3-0) took control against the Warriors (1-1) with fourtouchdowns in the second quarter - three in the final 4:29 before halftime -for a 31-6 lead.
They went on to open a 52-6 lead in the third quarter.
Chang, who threw for 4,474 yards last year as a sophomore, went 32-of-54 for306 yards, with two touchdowns. He threw two interceptions in what was hisseason debut; he sat out Hawaii's 40-17 opening win over Appalachian Statebecause of an academic problem.
The win was the Trojans' fifth in five games against Hawaii. They'veoutscored the Warriors 234-50 in the series that dates to their 52-0 win in1930, the last time before Saturday that Hawaii had played in the Coliseum.
USC beat the Warriors 62-7 at Aloha Stadium in 1999, June Jones' debut asthe Hawaii coach.
This time, cornerback Ronald Nunn started the Trojans' outburst with a38-yard fumble return for a touchdown 3:14 into the second quarter. AfterHawaii's Justin Ayat kicked a 20-yard field goal, Bush scored on a 23-yard run4:58 before halftime to make it 17-6.
Keary Colbert, who had just made a spectacular leaping catch over a defenderfor 34 yards down to the Hawaii 35, two plays later got behind the defense andcaught Leinart's 32-yard TD pass with 1:35 left.
The Trojans held the Warriors again and got the ball back on their own 36with 1:05 left in the half. Leinart quickly took them down the field, hookingup with Mike Williams on a 33-yard scoring play with 29 seconds on the clock.
The first USC touchdown, Nunn's fumble return, came when Hawaii receiverGerald Welch appeared to bobble the ball and then drop it, but it was ruled acompleted pass and fumble.
The second half was mostly mop-up time.
Bush scored on a 23-yard run, Jason Leach returned an interception off Chang25 yards for another score, and White scored on a 5-yard run to open the 52-6lead with 4:45 left in the third quarter.
Chang finally got the Warriors into the end zone with a 5-yard touchdownpass to Chad Owens late in the third quarter. He threw a 14-yarder to JeremiahCockheran in the fourth.
White ran 21 yards in the fourth quarter for his second touchdown.
Ryan Killeen put the Trojans on the board with a 24-yard field goal midwaythrough the first quarter after Hawaii had failed to pick up a first down on afake punt at its own 46-yard line. Ayat kicked a 35-yarder to even it at 3 latein the period.
The Trojans' last loss was a 30-27 overtime defeat at Washington State onOct. 5. Since then, they've scored 30 or more points 10 times, including a38-17 Orange Bowl victory over Iowa.
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