USC-San Jose State Notes

The Trojans opened the season with a 56-3 blowout win over San Jose State on Saturday that featured big plays by Joe McKnight, Allen Bradford and a handful of others. SCPlaybook takes you inside the numbers and provides all the news, notes and quotes from the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Bradford Breaks out

Allen Bradford arrived at USC as a safety in 2006, but was quickly moved to tailback.

Since making the switch, Bradford has shown great potential but has never hit his stride due to injuries and the Trojans' loaded backfield.

After a tremendous spring in 2008, he finally looked poised to have a breakout season, but was sidelined early in the year and forced to redshirt after having season-ending hip surgery.

This Saturday, the 5-11, 235-pound junior burst on to the scene with a 43-yard touchdown dash that may have been a surprise to the national viewing audience but a very familiar sight to those who have watched USC practice the past two years.

"I am just glad that it happened and that the whole world can see it" said Bradford, who has been one of the best kept secrets on the Trojans' roster. "I have been gone for a year now. I got my carries, made the most of it and just ran hard."

The 43-yard score was the longest of Bradford's career and a statement that he is ready to be a major contributor.

"It was unbelievable. It was something that I have always dreamed of and it finally happened," Bradford said of the long run. "I really didn't know how to react in the end zone. I wanted to keep the ball but I didn't know what happened to it."

The powerful junior explained that he wasn't too worried about the missing ball because he plans to spend plenty of time in the end zone in '09.

"There is going to be plenty more of that," he said with a smile.

Numbers Game

0 – The number of interceptions that Matt Barkley threw in his college debut.

1 – Matt Barkley became the first true freshman in school history to start a season opener for the Trojans. In his first start, Barkley completed his first career touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison in the third-quarter of play. The play was also Ellison's fist touchdown reception of his career.

5- Five true freshmen got playing time for the Trojans on Saturday. Matt Barkley, Jarvis Jones, Devon Kennard T.J. McDonald and De'Von Flournoy all received valuable playing time.

9 – The amount of rushing yards that the San Jose Spartans gained on 31 attempts on Saturday. To illustrate USC's dominance in the trenches, the Trojans' rushed for 342 yards on 45 attempts.

10 – The USC quarterbacks spread the wealth on Saturday, completing passes to 10 different players during Saturday's 56-3 win over the Spartans.

12 – With the Trojans' win over San Jose State they have now won 12 straight season openers.

16 – The USC defense that featured eight new starters looked just as dominant as the 2008 unit by racking up an impressive 16 tackles for loss, including 5 quarterback sacks. Linebacker Chris Galippo and defensive end Nick Perry each recorded 3 tackles for loss in the opener.

22 – The Trojans' defense gave up just 19 points at home during the 2008 season, and by giving up just 3 on Saturday the Trojans have now allowed just 22 points in the last seven games at the Coliseum.

28 – USC's offensive explosion in the second-quarter which resulted in 28 points was the most points in a quarter by the Trojans since they also scored 28 points in the third-quarter of their 50-42 victory over Fresno State in 2005.

43 – Allen Bradford's 43-yard dash through the line, up the sideline and past the San Jose State defense was the longest touchdown of his career, but no surprise to USC fans that have attended practices the past two years. Bradford has made several similar runs against USC's vaunted defense in practice, and trust us, you will see it a few more times this season.

145 – Junior tailback Joe McKnight started on Saturday and made the most of his opportunity by rushing for a career-high 145 yards on just 14 carries. The elusive running back bounced back after an early fumble to have arguably the best performance of his career. McKnight's two touchdown runs were also a career best.

Recruits Spotted at the Game

Lakewood DB Dion Bailey, 2011 Beverly Hills DL Greg Townsend Jr., Taft RB D.J. Morgan, Kaiser CB Anthony Brown, Mission Bay ATH Dillon Baxter, and Compton RB James McConico were among the recruits in attendance at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday.

Quote of the day: "For a while, it looked like we could compete. Obviously, it was an illusion." – SJSU Coach Dick Tomey


Devon Kennard was one of five true freshmen that saw action on Saturday. (Jaime Rodriguez Photo)


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