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Trojan Defense Holds Off Cavaliers

posted Mar 25, 2011, 10:48 PM by Golden Knight

By Daniel Gong


photo credit: Reuters

Coming off a sloppy win against Hawaii, USC looked to prove their defense as a solid unit against the Virginia Cavaliers. Despite some poor tackling and penalties, the Trojan defense did just that.

 The Trojan secondary, led by safety T.J. McDonald (13 tackles and an interception), made a significant improvement from their last game and did not allow any big plays from the Virginia offense. Virginia was held to 340 yard of total offense (190 passing, 150 rushing) and two touchdowns.

 It was USC’s offense who struggle throughout the game, never finding a rhythm. Gaining only 329 (202 passing, 127 rushing) yards of total offense, as opposed to last week’s 524 yards, USC’s offense struggled, scoring only 17 points.

Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley had another solid game through the air (20/35, 202 yards, 2 TD’s), though he was the victim of a few dropped passes including one that would have resulted in a touchdown.  The offensive line did not open many lanes for the running backs and were responsible for many false start and holding penalties.

 Though far from perfect, the Trojans are 2-0 as they held off the Cavaliers for a 17-14 win.  The Trojans fly to Minnesota next week to take on the Golden Gophers before returning to the Coliseum to take on Jake Locker and the Washington Huskies the week after.