Cody Kessler continued his strong play. Prior to being pulled from the game in the third quarter, Kessler threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 14 of 17 pass attempts.
Kessler isn’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard with prolific stats, and perhaps he’s the mold of a “game manager.”
Call it what you want, he isn’t costing USC any games, and that’s what’s important.
Max Wittek made his first appearance since the third week of the season.
With the Trojans leading comfortably, he was only asked to throw the ball four times, and he completed three of his attempts.
Running backs: A
Silas Redd left the game early with a right knee injury, which left Javorius Allen and Ty Isaac to carry the load.
Following up on his impressive performance against Oregon State, Allen was again a lethal weapon out of the backfield.
He ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. For good measure, Allen also took a screen pass for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Isaac had the highest number of carries with 11 and he made them count. He rushed for 87 yards, good for an average of 7.9 yards-per-carry, and two touchdowns.
If there was ever a quiet 243 yards through the air, the Trojans had it.
Nelson Agholor led all receivers with four receptions, but he only totaled 35 yards. De’Von Flournoy led the Trojans with 63 receiving yards on three receptions.
Nine different players caught a pass and collectively, the group averaged 14.3 yards per reception.
Offensive line: A+
Facing some uncertainty heading into the game due to a Kevin Graff injury, the offensive line came together and played one of their best games of the season.
Trojan running backs routinely found open lanes to run through and Kessler had time to go through his progressions, while getting sacked only once.
Of more importance, the line fixed the penalty issues that have plagued them for much of the season — drawing only one flag for holding.