Heidari Kicks 4 Field Goals, But Defense Wins USC Spring Game

    Andre Heidari

    April 19, 2014

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    Placekicker Andre Heidari nailed 4 field goals, but the Trojan defense beat the offense, 16-15, in the USC football team's 85-play spring game on Saturday (April 19) before 17,500 fans in the Coliseum and a Pac-12 Networks television audience.

    The game concluded Troy's 15 days of spring practice under new head coach Steve Sarkisian.

    The Trojans mixed in portions of practice drills and fan participation during the game, including fans fielding punts, a youngster catching a touchdown pass and a punt, pass and kick competition.

    In the game's scoring system, the defense was awarded points for three-and-outs, fourth down stops and other defensive stops.

    Outside linebacker Scott Starr had a game-high 6 tackles, including 3 for losses (with a sack). Fellow outside linebackers J.R. Tavai and Jabari Ruffin added 5 tackles, as did inside linebacker Nick Schlossberg.

    Heidari's field goals were 24, 38, 44 and 36 yards. He missed a 34-yarder.

    Quarterback Cody Kessler was 5-of-10 for 86 yards, Max Browne was 6-of-17 for 76 yards and Jalen Greene was 4-of-11 for 61 yards.

    Tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick had 3 receptions for 56 yards, while wide receivers Victor Blackwell (51 yards) and Darreus Rogers (40 yards) each caught 2 passes.

    Walk-on tailback James Toland IV was the top rusher with 36 yards on 8 carries, followed by tailback Ty Isaac's 23 yards on 7 carries.

    "I was pleased with with the day and how hard we played," said Sarkisian. "It was great to be in the Coliseum in front of our fans on such a nice spring day. We had a couple big pass plays, but the defense played really well and tackled well. And we got out of the game with no serious injuries."

    USC opens its 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Fresno State in the Coliseum.