Courtesy of Southern California Athletics
LOS ANGELES - Quarterback Mitch Mustain threw for 299 yards and 5 touchdowns, including 3 long scoring passes to fullback Stanley Havili, and freshman tailback Dillon Baxter ran for 129 yards with a TD to highlight USC's annual Spring Football Game in front of 15,000 fans in the Coliseum on Saturday (May 1).
The Trojan offense beat the defense, 54-30, in the 98-play scrimmage that concluded USC's 2010 spring drills. The defense was awarded points in a variety of ways, including for stopping drives and getting turnovers.
Mustain completed 19-of-29 passes overall and also caught a 17-yard pass from Baxter out of the Wildcat formation. Starting quarterback Matt Barkley was 7-of-16 for 87 yards with a touchdown before bruising his throwing hand early in the second half on a 41-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Travon Patterson.
Patterson, who had 5 receptions for 101 yards overall, also caught a 38-yard touchdown from Mustain.
Havili's TD receptions covered 28, 33 and 50 yards. The 28-yarder was the only score in the first half. Overall, Havili caught 5 passes for 129 yards.
Baxter averaged 9.9 yards on his 13 carries, including a highlight-reel 58-yard run that featured a double spin move to elude tacklers. Tailbacks Allen Bradford (48 yards on 7 carries), Curtis McNeal (44 yards on 8 carries) and Marc Tyler (31 yards on 7 carries) each averaged at least 4.4 yards per carry.
The day's other touchdowns came on an 8-yard lob from recently-converted quarterback James Boyd to wide receiver Kyle Prater, a 5-yard Mustain toss to fullback Hunter Simmons and Baxter's 1-yard run on the game's final play.
Prater had 4 receptions for 40 yards and wide receiver Brice Butler caught 5 passes for 41 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Michael Morgan led with 7 tackles, linebacker Malcolm Smith added 6 stops and a deflection, cornerback Shareece Wright had 5 tackles and 3 deflections, defensive end Nick Perry had 5 tackles (with a sack) and a deflection, and both defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo and linebacker Simione Vehikite added 5 tackles. Safety T.J. McDonald recovered a fumble (forced by linebacker Marquis Simmons) to go with his 4 tackles and 1 deflection.
"The defense dominated in the first half, particularly the front 7," said new USC head coach Lane Kiffin. "The offense played terrible in that half. But the offense responded in the second half and played much better.
"I think our defense has a chance to be really good, but the offense has a long way to go, especially the running game."
USC opens its 2010 season at Hawaii on Sept. 2.