USC vs. Colorado Score Update: Trojans Lead the Buffaloes After 1st Quarter


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The No. 22 USC Trojans got homecoming off to a quick start, taking a commanding lead, 28-0, over the Colorado Buffaloes at the Coliseum.

Cody Kessler already has career-tying numbers with four touchdowns in the opening quarter along with 159 yards on 11-of-14 passing. Nelson Agholor connected for two of those scores.

Colorado’s Sefo Liufau started the game with a whimper, throwing two interceptions.

USC’s first drive was aided by defensive penalties, but JuJu Smith’s one handed diving reception was the highlight of the drive. Nelson Agholor’s 16-yard touchdown grab to end the opening attack required a replay as the referees had ruled Kessler had thrown an illegal forward pass, mirroring the call that went Arizona’s way last week. The review overturned that ruling and the touchdown was awarded.

Colorado started their first drive with a bang as Tony Jones ripped off successive runs of 18 and 12 yards. However, the Buffs first pass attempt ended in disaster as Su’a Cravens jumped the route and came away with the interception.

The Trojan offense finally found a rhythm on the ensuing drive and it was once against Kessler to Agholor for the 18-yard score over the middle.

Again the Buffalo drive began brightly as Liufau hit Nelson Spruce for a 15-yard reception, but the defense settled down and before long Colorado was forced to punt.

Following that, it looked like the Trojans would have to punt for the first time as well, but a roughing the kicker penalty revived the drive. Kessler made them pay, calmly avoiding the pass rush and hitting Smith for a strike 46-yards down the field. It was Smith who finished off the drive, diving for the endzone near the pylon.

Gerald Bowman produced the defensive highlight of the game and possibly the year with a huge hit on Bryce Bobo as he went up for a catch on the sideline. The ball was dislodged and the ball fell into the hands of Kevon Seymour for the interception.

Kessler once again took advantage with a strike to Bryce Dixon at the corner of the endzone to increase USC’s lead to 28 and his touchdown total to four in the quarter, which ties a career high.

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