Found August 30, 2013 on Football Nation:
While the USC Trojans dominated the Hawaii Warriors last night in Honolulu, not much should be read into the lopsided 30-13 final score.After the smoke cleared, the favorites did what they were supposed to, but questions still remain as to where USC belongs in the PAC-12 hiearchy.As for the Trojans' opponent across the Pacific Ocean, well, they're just glad the night is over. Without further ado, here is the good, the bad, and the ugly from last night's contest.THE GOODUSC's defense. The Trojans put on a clinic against the Warriors, intercepting four passes and racking up seven sacks. In addition to giving up only 13 points, USC also held Hawaii to 23 yards rushing.USC's run game. Despite missing the services of starting tailback Silas Redd, the Trojans were still able to run away from the Warriors to the tune of 192 yards, led by Tre Madden's 109 yards.Marqise Lee. The junior receiver and Heisman Trophy candidate did not disappoint, catching eight passes for...

Kessler gets first start at QB for No. 24 USC

HONOLULU (AP) -- Cody Kessler will start at quarterback for No. 24 Southern California in its opener against Hawaii. USC's athletic department tweeted less than two hours before game time that Kessler would start Thursday night. Kessler is expected to split time with fellow sophomore Max Wittek, who is more experienced with two starts for the Trojans at the end of last season...

VIDEO: Lane Kiffin, USC vs. Hawaii postgame

USC head coach Lane Kiffin discusses the Trojans 30-13 season opening win at Hawaii.

No. USC opens with 30-13 win over Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) -- Justin Davis ran for 74 yards and a touchdown and No. 24 USC's defense picked up for its shaky offense, masking mixed performances by battling quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek in a 30-13 win over Hawaii on Thursday night. Kessler salvaged a bad start with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor then gave way to Wittek early in the third quarter as...

USC 30, Hawai'i 11: Aggressive Trojan Defense overcomes mostly inept offensive play

  There was plenty of speculation leading into this game about who was going to be the quarterback for USC. It turns out that the defense might render the play of the man under center moot. The Trojan’s defense, under new coordinator Clancy Pendergast, forced Hawai’i and their first time starting quarterback Taylor Graham into four interceptions on the way to a 30-11...

Bailey leads defense, not 100%

Dion Bailey was one of many injury scares during USC's fall camp. The junior safety spent time sidelined during camp with a hip injury and told FOX Sports NEXT after the season opener he wasn't sure he'd make it on the field...

Three weeks, one game, no separation

USC head coach Lane Kiffin anticipated playing both quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek in the Trojans season opener against Hawaii and he stuck to his plan. However, part of the plan was to distinguish a starter by games end... and that didn't come close to happening.
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