The second quarter began with No. 20 Fresno State looking to cut into their eight-point deficit, but failed to convert on a 4th-and-1 situation.
No. 25 USC took over and looked to establish the run with four consecutive rushing plays, including on a 4th and 1 of their own.
Ty Isaac carried the ball five times for 22 yards as the Trojans marched down the field on their first drive in the second quarter. Cody Kessler put the finishing touches on it with a perfectly placed 17-yard pass to Nelson Agholor in the corner of the end zone.
Officials initially ruled the pass incomplete, but a review of the play overturned the call and Agholor had his second acrobatic touchdown reception of the day.
Trailing 21-6, the Bulldogs were unable to put a scoring drive and compacted their issues with a failed fake punt attempt.
With great field position, it took the Trojans just two rushes from Javorius Allen to score another touchdown, which pushed the Trojans lead to 28-6.
On the Bulldogs’ next drive, they were able to move the ball down the field with the aid of Trojan penalties, but stalled as they crossed midfield and were forced to punt.
The Trojans took over at their own 12 with 4:18 remaining the Trojans again moved the ball down the field with ease. Marqise Lee capped the drive off with a 40-yard touchdown reception, his second of the day.
Kessler finished the first half 14 of 18 for 243 yards and four touchdowns.
Lee’s reception gave the Trojans a 35-6 leading heading into the half.