USC Stops Cal, 30-3

Oct. 3, 2009

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Taylor Mays and a dominating Southern California defense overshadowed any offensive deficiencies for the Trojans and overwhelmed Jahvid Best and the California offense.

Mays set the tone with an interception on the first drive of the game, Damian Williams returned a punt for a touchdown and the seventh-ranked Trojans beat No. 24 California 30-3 Saturday night.

Joe McKnight ran for 119 yards and scored the only two offensive touchdowns for USC (4-1, 2-1 Pac-10) with a 38-yard run on the first drive and a 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter that emptied the stadium.

Jordan Congdon kicked three field goals and the defense did the rest, holding Best to 47 yards on 14 carries and keeping the Golden Bears scoreless until Vince D'Amato's 29-yard field goal with 10:45 remaining.

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