He didn't get many touches, but freshman running back Dillon Baxter showed plenty of flashes in his college debut.
Baxter rushed nine times for 49 yards, including a 17-yard scamper, and caught two passes for eight yards.
"I didn't get to do all I wanted but next week I'm going to come back and I can't wait to play Minnesota," Baxter said.
The Trojans blitzed Virginia in the final 4:46 of the first half, scoring on a three play, 55-yard drive and a 10 play, 76-yard drive.
Kiffin said he could try to work in more up-tempo offense in the weeks ahead.
"Maybe we need to do more of that during the normal course of the game," said Kiffin, citing successful two-minute drills against Hawaii and Virginia. "Matt (Barkley is) very good at it."
The Cavaliers played their first-ever game in the state of California on Saturday night and only their third-ever against a Pac-10 opponent (0-3).
Virginia is scheduled to play at UCLA in 2015.
The Coliseum crowd of 81,375 was the 10th largest the Cavaliers have ever played in front of.
Said Lane Kiffin: "We got really good players and the game was close, so I'd say we got outcoached."
Defensive end Nick Perry reinjured his ankle and left the Coliseum in a walking boot.
Tight end Jordan Cameron suffered a possible stinger while recovering an onside kick.
"I don't remember coming down, it's kind of fuzzy right now," said Cameron, who caught his first career touchdown pass.
Mater Dei quarterback Max Wittek, Serra wide receiver George Farmer, Taft defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, Crenshaw running back /defensive back DeAnthony Thomas, Beverly Hills defensive end Greg Townsend Jr., Oaks Christian wide receiver Jordan Payton, St. Bonaventure linebacker Jalen Jefferson, Cathedral quarterback Hayden Rettig, Crenshaw offensive lineman Marcus Martin, Mater Dei wide receiver Victor Blackwell, Long Beach Poly defensive end Corey Waller, Crespi offensive lineman Jordan Simmons and Edison defensive end Charles Burks were among the recruits spotted at the game.
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