USC vs. Cal: Trojans win big


Nov 9, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) runs for a touchdown on a punt return against the California Golden Bears during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

So much for a potential letdown.

With Ed Orgeron at the helm, the momentum USC has generated in recent weeks overwhelmed Cal to the tune of a 62-28 Trojan victory.

The win pushed the Trojans’ winning streak over the Bears to 10 games.  Orgeron now has the Trojans at 4-1 since he was named the interim Coach.

The 62 points are the most the Trojans have scored in a conference game since they put up 69 against Washington State in 2008.

35 of the Trojans’ points came from a duo out of the state of Florida.

Before the Trojan offense could take the field, Nelson Agholor returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, giving the Trojans an early 7-0 lead.

Agholor would return another punt for a 93-yard touchdown before the Bears made the attempt to avoid punting to him.

Agholor’s 168 punt return yards set a USC single-game record.

Much like the game against Oregon State, Javorius Allen ran around and past opposing defenders on his way to 135 yards, two rushing touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown.

Allen’s scores on the ground were 43 and 79-yard rushes.

Silas Redd left the game early with a right knee injury, opening the door for freshman Ty Isaac.

Isaac rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.

With a comfortable lead, Cody Kessler’s day came to an end in the third quarter.

Continuing to come into his own, Kessler finished 14 of 17, good for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

Nine different Trojans caught a pass, with four of them surpassing 35 receiving yards.

The Trojans had scoring streaks of 21 and 34 unanswered points.

Although they were unable to force any turnovers, the Trojan defense contained Bears quarterback Jared Goff.

Goff threw for 255 yards, including two touchdown passes in the second quarter to bring the game within one score.

After that, he was largely ineffective and most of his success came when the Trojan defense was filled with reserves and walk-ons.

Despite the big win, the Trojans weren’t perfect.

There are still bouts of inconsistent play from members of the secondary, particularly Kevon Seymour.

Andre Heidari’s up and down season continued.  He missed one extra-point attempt and a 46-yard field goal attempt.

With the win, the stage is set for a pivotal Pac-12 matchup on Nov. 16 against Stanford.