Barkley Throws 3 TDs, McNeal Runs For 101 Yards In USC Scrimmage

April 11, 2009

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Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley threw 3 touchdown passes and redshirt freshman tailback Curtis McNeal ran for 101 yards to highlight the USC football team's 87-play intrasquad scrimmage at the Coliseum on Saturday (April 11) to mark the halfway point of the Trojans' 2009 spring practice.

Barkley, who enrolled at USC this spring after graduating a semester early from high school, had scoring throws of 15 yards to junior fullback Stanley Havili, 60 yards to junior wide receiver Travon Patterson and 8 yards to junior wide receiver Damian Williams. He hit 10-of-13 passes for 195 yards with an interception, including completing his first 7 throws.

McNeal averaged 7.8 yards on his 13 carries.

USC also scored touchdowns on a 61-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Aaron Corp to junior wide receiver Ronald Johnson on the scrimmage's final play and on a 14-yard reverse by sophomore wide receiver Brandon Carswell. Junior placekicker Joe Houston hit a 29-yard field goal.

Corp completed 8-of-15 passes for 146 yards and junior quarterback Mitch Mustain was 7-of-10 for 42 yards with an interception. Williams had 4 receptions for 43 yards, Havili added 3 for 41 yards and redshirt freshman wide receiver Brice Butler had 3 for 45 yards.

The defense came up with 3 fumble recoveries in addition to interceptions by sophomore linebacker Uona Kaveinga and junior safety Marshall Jones. It also had 7 sacks among its 14 tackles for losses. Soph cornerback T.J. Bryant had 6 tackles with a sack and a pass deflection, soph defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and redshirt freshman defensive end Nick Perry each added 5 tackles and sophomore defensive end Malik Jackson had 2 sacks among his 4 tackles.

'There was a lot of playmaking out there,' said ninth-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'There were big plays on offense and big plays on defense. I liked it.

'All 3 quarterbacks did what they were supposed to do. They were in rhythm and made the right choices. McNeal ran really well and took advantage of his opportunities. The defensive front 7 was really aggressive and in the backfield a lot.' Seven-time defending Pac-10 champion USC opens its 2009 season on Sept. 5 when it hosts San Jose State. Troy will hold its annual 'Trojan Huddle' public spring game at the Coliseum on April 25 at 1 p.m., with tickets available for $10 at the gate, online at or by calling the USC Ticket Office at (213) 740-4672.

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