Kessler and Chen Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    Doris Chen

    Oct. 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES - USC quarterback Cody Kessler and women's golfer Doris Chen were each named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 13-19, on Monday, Oct. 20.

    Cody Kessler displayed a dominating performance on Saturday, breaking USC's single-game record with seven touchdown passes in a 56-28 victory over Colorado. The Buffaloes had no answer for Kessler and the high-powered Trojan offense. The redshirt junior completed 19-of-26 passes for 319 yards, showcasing his talent in front of a Homecoming crowd at the Coliseum.

    Kessler threw four touchdown passes in the first quarter and finished the first half with five to tie a school record for most TD passes in a half. He showed no signs of slowing down as he delivered a 75-yard bomb to Nelson Agholor early in the third quarter to tie Matt Barkley's single-game touchdown record at six. Kessler's record-breaking touchdown pass came later in the third quarter when he evaded Buffalo defenders, rolled out to his left and rifled a strike to the diving Steven Mitchell for a 24-yard score.  Kessler and the No. 20-ranked Trojans go on the road to face No. 19 Utah in a Pac-12 showdown on Saturday (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. PT.

    Also nominated for men's student-athlete of the week honors: Pawel Furtek (swimming).

    Doris Chen led the Women of Troy in an impressive outing at the Stanford Intercollegiate. The Trojans combined to score 15-under which earned them a share of the title. Chen tied for second at 6-under 207 (73-65-69). On day three of the event, the Trojans began in back of UCLA and Stanford, but came from behind with great performances by Chen (69), Kyung Kim (67), Annie Park (68) and Karen Chung (70) to tie Stanford for first.

    Chen's performance marked her second consecutive finish in the top four. Looking ahead, the Trojans are scheduled to compete in the Pac-12 Preview at Nanea G.C. in Kailua, Kona, Hawaii, on Nov. 3-4.

    Also nominated for women's student-athlete of the week honors: Diana Chang (swimming) and Ebony Nwanebu (volleyball).

    The USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week are voted on by the student assistants and Sports Information Directors of the USC Sports Information Office. Nominations are compiled and distributed for voting by Alec Koondel. Student assistant voters include Charlotte Adlam, Taiu Kunimoto, Nikki Borchard, Andrew McKagan, Eike Daube, Tera Novy, Carlene Jones, Max Schwartz, Gaby Smotrys, Aubrey Kragen, and intern Katie Ryan.