10USC
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52 - 7 Final
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Talented Southern California opens with rout of Virginia

Aug 31, 2008 - 1:55 AM CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (Ticker) -- Southern California does not rebuild, it merely reloads.

Mark Sanchez tossed three touchdown passes Saturday as the second-ranked Trojans dismantled Virginia, 52-7, in the season opener for both teams.

There was some concern about Sanchez's health, but he showed no negative effects from a dislocated right kneecap suffered three weeks ago. The junior completed 26-of-35 passes for 338 yards before giving way to Mitch Mustain midway through the fourth quarter.

A junior, Sanchez started three games last season, going 2-1 while filling in for the injured John David Booty.

"I feel very comfortable with the offense this year," Sanchez said. "My injury really made me take a step back and think about what I wanted this season to be.

"We came into camp with so many expectations, and then my knee goes out. But thanks to the training staff and medicine, I was able to get back in shape."

The Trojans (1-0), who once again have national championship aspirations, put away Saturday's game early, scoring on their first three possessions to open a 21-0 lead just 11 minutes into the contest. They now have a week off to prepare for a September 13 showdown against No. 3 Ohio State that could have major BCS implications.

"Hopefully we'll maximize our opportunity by working with the younger guys in a normal fashion," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "A cool thing is that so many guys played today."

On Saturday, the Trojans staked an early claim as the most talented team in the country. Ronald Johnson, Patrick Turner and Joe McKnight each had TD receptions for the USC, which is coming off its sixth straight season with at least 11 wins.

Damian Williams was Sanchez's favorite target with seven receptions for 91 yards.

"Damian Williams made a big difference out there on the field," Sanchez said. "I feel so comfortable throwing him the ball. We also had our burners on the outside like (Ronald Johnson) and (Travis Patterson). I think you see that chemistry between the wideouts and me."

The Trojans took advantage of favorable field position against the Cavaliers. They started three drives in Virginia territory and scored touchdowns on all three.

USC need less than five minutes to grab the lead on Stafon Johnson's two-yard TD run. Sanchez tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to McKnight and C.J. Gable ripped off a 33-yard TD scamper to give the Trojans a 21-point cushion.

"Mark really has eyes for getting the ball down field," Carroll said. "You give him time, and he'll find guys who take advantage of it. He has a way of taking advantage of the system we have."

Virginia (0-1) finally showed some signs of life, responding with a six-play, 62-yard drive to close within 21-7 on Mikell Simpson's seven-yard TD burst.

On its next possession, USC put together its best possession of the game, a 15-yard, 85-yard march that consumed more than eight minutes. Virginia's defense finally stiffened, and the Trojans settled for David Buehler's 20-yard field goal.

The Cavaliers had a chance to get back in the game, but they came up empty as Yannick Reyering missed a 46-yard field goal attempt with 4:35 left in the first half.

USC broke open the contest in the third quarter as Sanchez tossed TD passes of 20 yards to Turner and 49 yards to Ronald Johnson.

"USC was a big, powerful, fast team with superior quarterback play today," Virginia coach Al Groh said. "We were anything but big and fast. Our quarterback turned the ball over too many times."

Virginia's Peter Lalich completed 18-of-35 passes, but many of them were for short gains as he threw for only 155 yards. He committed two of the Cavaliers' four turnovers with a fumble and interception.

"Their speed was pretty unbelievable the whole game," Lalich said. "It's something they have all across the board."

The Trojans finished with a 558-187 edge in total offense, holding Virginia to just 32 yards on the ground.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    USC (3) 21 3 14 14 52
    VIRGINIA 7 0 0 0 7 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: USC - TD, STAFON JOHNSON 3 YD RUN (DAVID
    BUEHLER KICK), 4:31. USC 7-0
    USC - TD, JOE MCKNIGHT 10 YD PASS FROM
    MARK SANCHEZ (DAVID BUEHLER
    KICK), 8:00. USC 14-0
    USC - TD, C.J. GABLE 33 YD RUN (D

    Aug 30 6:55 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    MARC TYLER 10 YD PASS FROM MITCH MUSTAIN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (3) 52
    VIRGINIA 7 2:33 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    USC(3) 52, Virginia 7  4th - 2:33Aug 30 6:50 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    ALLEN BRADFORD 2 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (3) 45
    VIRGINIA 7 10:47 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    USC(3) 45, Virginia 7  4th - 10:47Aug 30 6:26 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    USC (3) 21 3 14 38
    VIRGINIA 7 0 0 7 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: USC - TD, STAFON JOHNSON 3 YD RUN (DAVID
    BUEHLER KICK), 4:31. USC 7-0
    USC - TD, JOE MCKNIGHT 10 YD PASS FROM
    MARK SANCHEZ (DAVID BUEHLER
    KICK), 8:00. USC 14-0
    USC - TD, C.J. GA

    Aug 30 6:16 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    RONALD JOHNSON 49 YD PASS FROM MARK SANCHEZ
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (3) 38
    VIRGINIA 7 3:28 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    USC(3) 38, Virginia 7  3rd - 3:28Aug 30 6:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    PATRICK TURNER 20 YD PASS FROM MARK SANCHEZ
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (3) 31
    VIRGINIA 7 12:07 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    USC(3) 31, Virginia 7  3rd - 12:07Aug 30 5:41 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    USC (3) 21 3 24
    VIRGINIA 7 0 7 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: USC - TD, STAFON JOHNSON 3 YD RUN (DAVID
    BUEHLER KICK), 4:31. USC 7-0
    USC - TD, JOE MCKNIGHT 10 YD PASS FROM
    MARK SANCHEZ (DAVID BUEHLER
    KICK), 8:00. USC 14-0
    USC - TD, C.J. GABLE 33 Y

    Aug 30 5:10 PM
  • 20
    roots
    tamu1991 Added 5 roots

    USC(3) 24, Virginia 7  2nd - 2:26Aug 30 5:02 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG USC
    DAVID BUEHLER 20 YD
    USC (3) 24
    VIRGINIA 7 9:07 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    USC(3) 24, Virginia 7  2nd - 9:07Aug 30 4:42 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    USC (3) 21 21
    VIRGINIA 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: USC - TD, STAFON JOHNSON 3 YD RUN (DAVID
    BUEHLER KICK), 4:31. USC 7-0
    USC - TD, JOE MCKNIGHT 10 YD PASS FROM
    MARK SANCHEZ (DAVID BUEHLER
    KICK), 8:00. USC 14-0
    USC - TD, C.J. GA

    Aug 30 4:32 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD VIRGINIA
    MIKELL SIMPSON 7 YD RUN
    (YANNICK REYERING KICK)
    USC (3) 21
    VIRGINIA 7 2:14 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    USC(3) 21, Virginia 7  1st - 2:14Aug 30 4:30 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    C.J. GABLE 33 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (3) 21
    VIRGINIA 0 4:01 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    USC(3) 21, Virginia 0  1st - 4:01Aug 30 4:16 PM
  • 15
    roots
    McTool Added 10 roots

    USC(3) 14, Virginia 0  1st - 6:06Aug 30 4:11 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    JOE MCKNIGHT 10 YD PASS FROM MARK SANCHEZ
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (3) 14
    VIRGINIA 0 7:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    USC(3) 14, Virginia 0  1st - 7:00Aug 30 4:06 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD USC
    STAFON JOHNSON 3 YD RUN
    (DAVID BUEHLER KICK)
    USC (3) 7
    VIRGINIA 0 10:29 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    USC(3) 7, Virginia 0  1st - 10:29Aug 30 3:50 PM
  • 5
    roots
    teotauy Added 5 roots

    USC(3) vs. VirginiaAug 28 9:06 PM