Mustain Throws 3 TDs, Bradford Runs For 2 In USC Scrimmage
April 6, 2008
Sophomore quarterback Mitch Mustain threw 3 touchdown passes, including a pair to sophomore wide receiver Ronald Johnson, and junior tailback Allen Bradford ran for 2 more scores to highlight the USC football team's first intrasquad scrimmage of 2008 spring practice on Sunday (April 6) at USC.
Mustain, who started 8 games as a true freshman at Arkansas in 2006 before transferring to USC last season, hit Johnson for a 70-yard TD on his first throw of the scrimmage, then connected with junior fullback Adam Goodman on a 10-yard scoring toss and with Johnson again on a 31-yard TD. Mustain completed 7 of his 9 pass attempts for 137 yards, while Johnson caught 3 passes for 113 yards.
Junior quarterback Mark Sanchez, who started 3 games for the Trojans last year, was 9-of-15 passing for 106 yards, while redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Corp was 4-of-8 for 51 yards with an interception.
Bradford ran for 84 yards on 4 carries, including TDs of 2 yards and then 73 yards. Sophomore tailback C.J. Gable gained 52 yards on 3 carries. Fellow soph tailback Joe McKnight had 138 all-purpose yards, including a 94-yard scoring kickoff return. Redshirt freshmen tailbacks Marc Tyler and Broderick Green added 36 and 35 rushing yards, respectively, on 7 carries each.
Sophomore fullback Stanley Havili had a 3-yard touchdown run on the scrimmage's opening drive.
USC also scored a touchdown on sophomore safety Robert Erickson's 12-yard return of a punt blocked by sophomore cornerback Omari Crittenden. Senior placekicker David Buehler nailed a 32-yard field goal.
The Trojan defense posted 8 sacks and got 3 turnovers in the 78-play scrimmage. Senior linebacker Clay Matthews had 3 sacks, sophomore defensive tackle Christian Tupou made 4 tackles, redshirt freshman linebacker Jordan Campbell had 4 tackles and caused a fumble that Crittenden recovered, junior cornerback Matthew Jordan recovered another fumble and junior safety Justin Hart had an interception.
Six-time defending Pac-10 champion USC, which is midway through its spring drills, opens its 2008 season on Aug. 30 at Virginia. Troy will hold its annual 'Trojan Huddle' public spring game at the Coliseum on April 19 at 11 a.m., with tickets available for $10 at the gate, online at USCTrojans.com or by calling the USC Ticket Office at (213) 740-4672.