Super Bowl XVLIII is off to a flying start in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks roared out to a 22-0 halftime lead over the Denver Broncos.
Former USC linebacker Malcolm Smith gave the Seahawks their second touchdown of the game, as he returned a Peyton Manning interception 69 yards to the house.
It’s his second big interception in as many games for the Trojan, as his interception following the now infamous Richard Sherman deflection in the dying moments of the 2014 NFC Championship Game clinched Seattle’s second ever Super Bowl berth.
Smith enrolled at USC in 2007 and played four seasons for the Trojans, along with Seattle teammate and fellow linebacker Mike Morgan. The brother of Steve Smith, Malcolm Smith had his biggest play in cardinal & gold come against UCLA in the form of a 62-yard interception returned for a touchdown back in 2009.
In addition to Smith and Morgan, the Trojans are represented in the game by Broncos offensive lineman Winston Justin and a host of coaches including a significant portion of Pete Carroll’s final staff at USC. Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is also a USC alum, and was widely considered to be candidate for the USC head coaching job before the hiring of Steve Sarkisian.