Amon-Ra St. Brown was unstoppable early for USC football vs. Washington State
Let’s be honest, USC football’s offense wasn’t nearly as good as fans, players or coaches thought they could be in the opening weeks of the 2020 season.
That changed on Sunday night as the Trojans battled the Washington State Cougars in their fourth game of the campaign.
USC’s offense was on fire in the first half at the Coliseum, but no one was hotter than Amon-Ra St. Brown.
The junior receiver caught four touchdown passes in the first quarter, tying a single-game USC and Pac-12 record set by Robert Woods in 2012. He has three quarters to break that record.
Amon-Ra St. Brown caught everything thrown his way for USC football
USC’s first drive nearly ended in disaster when Drake London fumbled and the quick reactions of Jalen McKenzie saved the possession.
Kedon Slovis kept it simple for score No. 1, finding St. Brown on a slant for seven.
Touchdown No. 2 for St. Brown was more of an opportunity to show off. On third-and-nine, Slovis took a chance by tossing the ball up for St. Brown in single coverage. The defensive back was out of his depth and the future NFL wide receiver made him pay.
The hat trick of receptions was achieved on a bit of a technicality but with no less skill. A shovel pass to St. Brown freed him to beat a defender to the edge and the endzone.
He scored on a slant. He scored on a fly. He scored on a sweep. What was next? A fade.
Slovis floated the ball into the corner and the receiver made it look easy beating the defender for another score.
St. Brown was USC’s leading receiver going into the game with 19 catches for 266 yards. However, he had yet to score a touchdown.
In one quarter he went from blank in the TD category to leading the team.