USC football is back. And it is looking good.
Steve Sarkisian’s debut as Trojan head coach began with a bang as the Trojans put in a nearly flawless first quarter performance against the Fresno State Bulldogs.
Cody Kessler finished the quarter with 182 yards and two passing touchdowns to Nelson Agholor with another on the ground.
Javorius Allen added 42 yards rushing, while JuJu Smith led the receivers with 80 yards.
The Trojans first drive was an encouraging display. Darreus Rogers led the way with three receptions including some key third down catches to extend the drive.
Cody Kessler did not shy away from utilizing his young, talented receivers. Freshman JuJu Smith received several targets though he did not reel in a catch.
Adoree’ Jackson settled the question of playing both ways by hanging onto a nine yard reception despite a massive hit from Derron Smith. He then provided the key pass defense which ended Fresno State’s first drive with a three-and-out.
Nelson Agholor let a ball fly through his fingers deep downfield on USC’s second drive, but Javorius Allen provided the spark, taking a screen 23 yards. Then Agholor made up for the earlier error by firmly grasping Kessler’s floated pass to the goal line for the Trojans’ second touchdown.
Fresno State quarterback Brian Burrell showed off his athletic ability with a long run on the Bulldogs’ second drive, but the Trojans closed ranks and stropped the drive at midfield.
The Trojans proved unstoppable on the third drive as well. Led by Allen’s tough running down the field, Agholor reeled in his second touchdown of the game nabbing a Kessler pass on the right edge of the endzone.
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