Cody Kessler produced a record-breaking performance as the No. 22 USC Trojans trounced the Colorado Buffaloes, 56-28, at the Coliseum.
USC’s homecoming could not have gone better, as Kessler set USC’s record for touchdowns in a game with seven. He added 319 yards on 19-of-27 passing before being taken out for the fourth quarter.
Nelson Agholor also finished with a record of his own, setting his career-high with three touchdowns to go along with 128 yards. JuJu Smith added a touchdown and 104 yards of his own while Buck Allen also eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground with 128 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Colorado’s Sefo Liufau finished with 143 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Tony Jones led the Buffaloes with 62 yards rushing.
The Trojan quarterback started things off with a 16-yard pass to Agholor to cap off a penalty-filled drive.
After Su’a Cravens picked off Liufau’s first attempt of the game, Kessler once again turned to his favorite receiver for their second connection of the day. The play was contentious as replay was used to determine that Kessler had not stepped over the line of scrimmage before hitting Agholor at the edge of the endzone.
Next, Smith reeled in yet another Kessler touchdown pass, stretching for the goal line to make it happen.
Then Gerald Bowman rocked Colorado’s Bryce Bobo so hard on the sideline as he tried to catch the ball that it popped into Kevon Seymour’s hands for the second interception of the game.
Bryce Dixon was the target next for the Trojan quarterback’s fourth touchdown.
In the second quarter, Colorado got on the board with a 1-yard run from Michael Adkins II after Liufau converted a fourth-down in the redzone with his legs.
Kessler responded by throwing his fifth touchdown, again to Dixon. His touchdowns were the most ever thrown by a Trojan in a half.
The second half saw the Trojans pick up where they started. After forcing a punt, Kessler launched a bomb to Agholor who sped his way to the endzone for the 75-yard score.
The Kessler’s record-breaker went to a diving Steven Mitchell, for his first touchdown as a Trojan.
Allen added a 39-yard touchdown of his own as the third quarter came to a close.
The fourth quarter was all about the back ups, led by Max Browne at quarterback.
Next time out, the Trojans will face Utah in Salt Lake City.
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