USC Spring Football Game Recap|
April 16, 2016
Quarterbacks Max Browne and Sam Darnold combined for 5 touchdown passes, including 3 to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, and tailback Justin Davis ran for a pair of scores to highlight the USC football team’s 84-play Spring Game on Saturday (April 16) before 23,000 fans in the Coliseum.
Browne hit 7-of-11 passes for 114 yards and 3 scores, including a 64-yard TD on the game’s third play to wide receiver Darreus Rogers, while Darnold was 6-of-7 for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. Browne’s other scoring tosses were 38 and 1 yarders to Smith-Schuster, while Darnold threw a 4-yard TD pass to Smith-Schuster and a 38-yarder to tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe.
Smith-Schuster (55 yards) and Imatorbhebhe (65 yards) each had 5 receptions overall, while Rogers added 3 grabs for 91 yards.
Davis ran for 62 yards on 8 carries, with short scoring runs of 2 and 1 yards. Tailback Ronald Jones II rushed for 64 yards on 14 tries, with a 2-yard scoring run on the game’s final play.
Inside linebacker Olajuwon Tucker led the defense with 6 tackles, while fellow inside linebacker Michael Hutchings and safety Marvell Tell III each added 5 stops. Cornerback Kevin Carrasco intercepted a pass by quarterback Matt Fink at the goal line.
The game, which concluded Troy’s 15 days of spring practice, included portions of a regular practice in addition to situational scrimmage plays. During the field goal portion of the day, blind long snapper Jake Olson executed a pair of perfect snaps on 32-yard field goal tries by placekicker Matt Boermeester.
USC opens its 2016 season against defending national champion Alabama on Sept. 3 in Arlington, Tex. before returning to the Coliseum for its home opener on Sept. 10 against Utah State. USC football season tickets are on sale now and include home games against Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona State and California. Call 213-740-GOSC or visit www.usctrojans.com to get tickets. For priority seating, fans can join the Trojan Athletic Fund by calling 213-740-4155 or visiting www.trojanathleticfund.com.