McKnight finished the evening with 75 yards on 13 carries and had two punt returns for 49 yards. The Trojans have been waiting all season for McKnight to contribute to the ball club. Set back by an injury at the beginning of the season, he appears to be coming into his own.
Sanchez Arrives, Also
Quarterback Mark Sanchez led the Trojans in his first college start. Sanchez was 19 for 31 with 2 interceptions and a touchdown. After a shaky start with two interceptions, Sanchez settled down and led USC in the trenches to win a hard fought battle.
The Trojans, who have been scarred at several positions, added Sam Baker and Zack Heberer to the list of injured offensive linemen. Center Matt Spanos hadn't practiced all week because of cuts to his hand is also battling a knee and triceps injuries. Freshman center, Kristofer O'Dowd has been sidelined due to a knee injury.
Gut Check Win
In his post game conference, Pete Carroll praised the team for winning all aspects of a very tough game. Carroll praised the players who had to step-in to replace injured teammates.
Carroll also acknowledged McKnight, Sanchez, the Offensive line, special teams and the defense for securing a victory.