Defense Dominates Scrimmage As USC Concludes Spring Football Practice

April 10, 2004

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LOS ANGELES - The Trojan defense forced 7 turnovers, had 7 sacks and scored the day's only touchdown in a 118-play intrasquad scrimmage at USC on Saturday (April 10) as the defending national champions concluded their 2004 spring practice.

Safety Greg Farr picked off a pass from quarterback Brandon Hance and returned it 62 yards for a TD. The only other scores in the scrimmage came on field goals by placekickers Ryan Killeen (24 yards) and Mario Danelo (20 yards).

Cornerbacks Terrell Thomas and Ronald Nunn, safety Ryan Ting and linebacker Oscar Lua also had interceptions, while defensive tackles Sedrick Ellis and Manuel Wright recovered fumbles (Nunn forced one of the fumbles).

All-American quarterback Matt Leinart completed 8-of-15 passes for 88 yards, while John David Booty was 9-of-17 for 143 yards with 2 picks and Hance was 11-of-21 for 143 yards and 3 interceptions.

Wide receiver Steve Smith caught 9 passes for 130 yards, while wide receiver Whitney Lewis added 4 catches for 48 yards, wide receiver William Buchanon had 3 grabs for 79 yards and tight end Alex Holmes had 3 receptions for 42 yards.

Fullback David Kirtman, running mainly from the tailback spot, had 87 yards on 16 carries.

Farr, Lua, safety Brandon Ting and cornerback Eric Wright each had 6 tackles, while defensive tackle Mike Patterson added 5 stops, including 2 for losses (with a sack).

'Obviously, this was a defensive day from the start and the offensive struggled,' said USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'Our last scrimmage was the other way around. So that's good.

'I just didn't like all the turnovers. That's very uncharacteristic of our offense. And that's why our defense was so pumped up afterwards. But I'm not worried about our offense. I'm more pleased with our defense.

'We had a good, battling spring. I was impressed with our attittude and competitiveness, and we worked hard every day.'

USC opens its 2004 season on Aug. 28 against Virginia Tech at Landover, Md.

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