Defense Outshines Offense In USC Football's Intrasquad Scrimmage

Aug. 13, 2006

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USC freshmen tailbacks Stafon Johnson, Allen Bradford and C.J. Gable combined for 215 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, but the Trojan defense had the upper hand throughout most of the Trojan football team's 79-play intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday evening (Aug. 13) on Howard Jones Field.

Johnson averaged 12.3 yards on his 7 carries to total 86 yards, including a 52-yard scoring burst. Bradford, who recently switched to offense from safety, added 64 yards on 14 rushes, with a pair of short TDs (3 yards and 1 yard). Gable ran for 65 yards on 5 attempts (13.0 average) and also had a 90-yard kickoff return.

Junior placekicker Mario Danelo nailed both of his field goal tries, 34 and 39 yards. Sophomore cornerback Cary Harris returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score.

The Trojan defense came up with 6 turnovers, including 5 fumble recoveries (senior linebacker Oscar Lua pounced on a fumbled kickoff in the end zone for an early score). Freshman safety Taylor Mays had an interception on the scrimmage's first play. The defense also posted 5 sacks.

Sophomore linebacker Kaluka Maiava had 5 tackles and a deflection. Posting 4 tackles each were a trio of freshman-cornerback Shareece Wright, defensive tackle Walker Lee Ashley and safety Alfred Rowe (with a sack)-plus junior defensive end Jeff Schweiger (with a sack). Linebackers Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing and Luthur Brown each had fumble recoveries, as did redshirt freshman safety Justin Hart.

'Our young running backs did some really good things,' said sixth-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'But our offense was controlled by the defense. The defense got to our quarterbacks and we were sloppy in the throwing game.'

Junior quarterback John David Booty hit 6-of-14 passes for 92 yards with an interception, while redshirt freshman Mark Sanchez was 7-of-13 for 64 yards.

Wide receivers David Ausberry (58 yards), Chris McFoy (53 yards) and Travon Patterson (20 yards) each had 3 catches.

Four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC opens its 2006 season at Arkansas on Sept. 2.

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