Los Angeles, Ca- The Trojans came ready to play in the second home game to start the season. On Trojans opening drive it only took 7 plays 75 yards ending with a Justin Davis 2 yard touchdown run. Idaho came in with a game plan that just never really got started. The Trojans behind true team effort slams Idaho 59-9.
The running game was shut down in first half on the last game for the Trojans but tonight on second drive J. Davis found some room on right side on stretch play for big yards before scoring his 2nd touchdown of game for 14-0 lead in 1st quarter. Even through the air Cody Kessler was on fire throwing 410 yards 3 touchdowns. Kessler first touchdown pass was a 50 yard catch, by JuJu Smith-Schuster off play action pass to exploit Idaho secondary. Then his last one in the 3rd quarter also to Smith-Schuster a 41 yard bomb to stretch the lead 52-9 3:44 left before 4th.
Idaho got on the scoreboard after 4th & 2 inside 5 yard line & elected to kick a field goal to make game 21-3. They struggled most of the night to move the ball on the Trojans defense. Later in second half they began to have little success based on effort plays by Idaho.
Trojans had a second running back Tre Madden play big earlier picking up a 4th & 2 on the 9 yard line then 1st goal Madden slams in on left side behind pulling guard for 7 yard touchdown. The play had to be reviewed because it was close to being down at the 1 yard line but the call on the field stood making score 28-3 with 12:00 left before the half. Madden finished 40 yards as he watched the starter J. Davis had 74 yards with 14.8 average per carry.
Idaho’s quarterback Matt Linehan completed a pass to Buck Cowan for 10 yds for their first touchdown in 3rd quarter. Linehan did manage 194 yards total for the game. The running game was contained to only 71 yards averaging 2.2 yards per carry.
The final score may look similar to last week score but this was win that was much better execution for the Trojans. The running game set up the pass game for the offensive explosion which will have Coach Steve Sarkisan pleased. This will be very much need for next week against big bodies of Stanford to open Pac-12 conference play.