White Team Beats Cardinal, 28-7, In USC Football Scrimmage

Aug. 21, 2008

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The White team, comprised mainly of first and second teamers, defeated the Cardinal (reserves) team, 28-7, in the USC football team's final intrasquad scrimmage of fall camp in front of 8,000 fans in the Coliseum on Thursday (Aug. 21).

The White team scored a touchdown in each quarter. After defensive end Kyle Moore deflected a first quarter pass by Cardinal team quarterback Garrett Green, fellow end Everson Griffen intercepted it in the end zone for a score. But the Cardinal team responded on its following possession, capping a 74-yard drive with Green's 12-yard TD pass to wide receiver Brice Butler.

Late in the first half, tailback Joe McKnight scored on a 6-yard run that culminated a 69-yard drive for the White squad.

The White team scored on its first possession of the second half on an 88-yard drive. Quarterback Aaron Corp hit tight end Blake Ayles on a 12-yard pass, but Ayles fumbled the ball into the end zone and offensive guard Zack Heberer fell on it for a touchdown.

Quarterback Mitch Mustain hit fullback Adam Goodman for a 2-yard TD on the White team's final possession of the game to finish the scoring.

Corp (8-of-10 passing for 85 yards) and Mustain (10-of-14 for 92 yards) split time in the scrimmage. Mark Sanchez, who entered fall camp as the starting quarterback before dislocating his kneecap on Aug. 8, participated in pre-game drills and could return to practice fulltime next week.

McKnight ran for 32 yards on 3 carries and had 34 more yards on 3 punt returns. Tailback Allen Bradford added 39 yards on 6 rushes. Wide receiver Vidal Hazelton had 5 receptions for 44 yards, while Ayles had 3 for 55 yards.

For the Cardinal team, Green was 10-of-19 passing for 134 yards, but was intercepted twice. Wide receivers Jordan Cameron (81 yards), D.J. Shoemate (36 yards) and Butler (19 yards) each had 3 catches. Shoemate added 63 yards on 3 kickoff returns.

The Cardinal defense was led by safety Drew McAllister's 8 tackles and linebacker Jordan Campbell's 5 stops.

Garratt topped the White squad with 3 tackles, while safety Taylor Mays had 3 deflections.

Six-time defending Pac-10 champion USC opens its season on Aug. 30 at Virginia.

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