Players to Watch USC: Post Game

On Saturday, the Gophers hung around for a while until the talented Trojans pulled away in the fourth. Both Ronald Johnson and Troy Stoudermire had flashes of brilliance throughout the battle at TCF Bank Stadium.

Wide receiver Ronald Johnson had a good game, but not a great one. After a weak performance by the Gophers' defense last week, many fans may have expected to see a passing display put on by quarterback Matt Barkley and his receivers. Instead, Minnesota's secondary held USC to 192 yards in the air and forced two interceptions.

Despite the play of the Gophers' defense, Johnson had a good game with three catches for 63 yards including a 53-yard touchdown strike. Johnson started off hot but cooled in the second half as the Trojans turned to their run game to beat the Gophers.

Junior wide receiver Troy Stoudermire had a decent game despite the fact that he did not get very many touches. Stoudermire ended the game with two catches for 22 yards. Stoudermire looked impressive returning kicks where he returned four kicks for 88 yards to help lead the team in all-purpose yards for the game.

On one return, Stoudermire looked like he was going to run right into the USC return team but he switched directions without getting tackled and quickly spun away from a tackler to gain some extra yardage. If Stoudermire can continue gaining lots of yards in the return game he could easily break one for a touchdown soon.

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