Hershel Dennis Runs For 2 Short TDs, But Defense Dominates Intrasquad Scrimmage

Aug. 14, 2004

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Tailback Hershel Dennis ran for a pair of short touchdowns, but the Trojan defense dominated USC's second intrasquad scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday (Aug. 14) at Howard Jones Field.The defense allowed just 216 passing yards and 75 rushing yards in the 76-play scrimmage.Dennis scored on 3- and 1-yard runs. USC's only other score was a 4-yard run by walkon tailback Andre Woodert.Quarterback Matt Leinart completed 12-of-19 passes for 81 yards, while John David Booty was 5-of-7 for 51 yards, Rocky Hinds was 2-of-2 for 51 yards and Brandon Hance was 3-of-5 for 33 yards.Tailback Desmond Reed was the leading rusher, getting 54 yards on 11 carries. Wide receiver Steve Smith had 4 catches for 38 yards, while fullback David Kirtman added 3 grabs for 30 yards.Five defenders posted 4 tackles each: linebackers Matt Grootegoed, Lofa Tatupu and Thomas Williams, cornerback Eric Wright and safety Scott Ware. The defense had 7 sacks and came up with 3 turnovers.There were 11 penalties, including 6 on the offense.Defending national champion and top-ranked USC opens its 2004 season on Aug. 28 against Virginia Tech in the Black Coaches Association Football Classic in Landover, Md.