Los Angeles, Ca – USC finds a running game with Ronald Jones II who set the tone for the game on their first offensive play that went for 61 yards in 45-24 victory over Cal Bears.
The ground attack opened up this game USC in the first half rushing for 260 yards. Ronald Jones II was key running back who was gaining yards in large chunks to set up their offense.
USC had 398 total rushing yards, with normal starter Justin Davis who was out due to injury but was on front cover of the game program.
The teams may have come into tonight’s game with identical 4-3 records overall, USC was clearly the better team. Even when look at percentages USC has won 70% of their games on Thursday.
Cal had won the coin flip but USC went up 14-0 before they could even think about getting on the scoreboard.
Turnovers were a big help to get Cal’s offense on track, they scored their first 10 points of game off fumbles. Without the short fields Cal could just not sustain a drive on defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast defense.
Davis Webb was Cal only option that was working a little bit, hitting 11 different receivers for 333 yards. Playing catch up all game Webb could only manage two touchdowns for the Bears.
The crowd started to walk out early in fourth quarter with 42-24 Trojans lead when the rain rolled back in open stadium.
Cal’s front seven gave Sam Darnold all day in the pocket managing only one sack. Darnold did make some freshman mistakes but USC was up by two score lead almost all game it didn’t affect the game outcome. He finished with 5 touchdowns pass and 231 yards for a solid game.
USC Offensive Coordinator Tee Martin has began to catch a nice rhythm as a play caller.
Next the USC Trojans will take their four game winning streak at home against the Oregon Ducks who have had their own challenges this season.
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