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Signing Day 2015

ABC Official Signing Class press release Class of 2015 QB Ricky Town 6-3 205 Ventura, CA St. Bonaventure (enrolled mid-year) OT Chuma Edoga 6-4 285 Powder Springs, GA McEachern (enrolled mid-year) OT Roy Hemsley 6-6 310 Los Angeles, CA Windward (enrolled mid-year) LB Cameron Smith 6-2 250 Granite Bay, CA (enrolled mid-year) WR Isaac Whitney 6-4 205 Moore, OK Riverside City College (enrolled mid-year) RB Ronald Jones II 6-0 185 McKinney, TX McKinney North (signed) RB Aca’Cedric Ware 6-0 200 Cedar Hill, TX (signed) TE Tyler Petite 6-6 235 Moraga, CA Campolindo (signed) LB Osa Masina 6-4 245 Salt Lake City, UT Brighton (signed) C Cole Smith 6-4 280 Mission Viejo, CA (signed) LB Porter Gustin 6-5 250 Salem, UT Salem Hills (signed) QB Sam Darnold 6-4 215 San Clemente, CA (signed) DE Christian Rector 6-6 260 Los Angeles, CA Loyola (signed) ATH Ykili Ross 6-2 185 Riverside, CA Poly (signed) RB Dominic Davis 5-10 175 Mission Hills, CA Bishop Alemany (signed) DT Noah Jefferson 6-6 330 Las Vegas, NV Liberty (signed) DT Jacob Daniel 6-4 325 Fresno, CA Clovis North (signed) S Marvell Tell III 6-2 190 Encino, CA Crespi (signed) WR De’Quan Hampton 6-4 220 Compton, CA Long Beach CC (signed) CB Isaiah Langley 6-0 165 Pleasanton, CA Foothill (signed) DT Rasheem Green 6-5 285 Gardena, CA Serra (signed) LB John Houston Jr 6-3 220 Gardena, CA Serra (signed) CB Iman Marshall 6-2 200 Long Beach, CA Poly (signed) DT Kevin Scott 6-5 315 Los Angeles, CA Salesian (signed) OT Clayton Johnston 6-6 285 Anaheim, CA Servite (blue-shirt) WR Deontay Burnett 5-11 170 Gardena, CA Serra (blue-shirt) TE Caleb Wilson 6-4 190 Gardena, CA Serra (preferred walk-on) Class of 2016 LB Daelin Hayes 6-3 225 Ann Arbor, MI Skyline (verbal commit) TE Isaac Garcia 6-4 225 Bellevue, WA (verbal commit) LB Mique Juarez 6-2 215 Torrance, CA North (verbal commit)

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Kessler Leads USC to 45-42 Win Over Huskers

ABC Adoree’ Jackson scored on a 98-yard kickoff return and a 71-yard pass from Cody Kessler, and No. 24 Southern California blew most of an 18-point, third-quarter lead before beating No. 25 Nebraska 45-42 in the Holiday Bowl on Saturday night. Kessler completed 23 of 39 yards for 321 yards and three touchdowns for USC (9-4), which was playing Nebraska (9-4) in a bowl game for the first time. The Trojans took a 45-27 lead after Kessler threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Bryce Dixon with 2:03 left in the third quarter. Armstrong brought the Huskers back with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Westerkamp with 24 seconds left in the third quarter and then a 15-yard keeper with 6:52 left in the game. His 2-point conversion pass to Kenny Bell pulled Nebraska to 45-42. USC held De’Mornay Pierson to a 1-yard gain on a pass from Armstrong on fourth-and-3 from the USC 31 with 2 1/2 minutes left. Armstrong completed 32 of 51 passes for 381 yards and three TDs, with one interception. USC had 515 yards of total offense and Nebraska finished with 525. Kessler tied the USC single-season record of 39 touchdown passes set by Matt Barkley in 2011. Barney Cotton coached Nebraska, which fired Bo Pelini on Nov. 30. New coach Mike Riley watched from a skybox. USC’s Javorius Allen gained 152 yards on 26 carries and scored on runs of 2 and 44 yards. After Nebraska’s Drew Brown kicked a 34-yard field goal early in the first quarter, Jackson caught the kickoff at the 2 and ran it up the right sideline for the longest kickoff return in Holiday Bowl history. His 71-yard TD on a catch-and-run came on the first play from scrimmage after Nebraska punted on its first possession of the second half. He caught a short pass from Kessler and weaved through defenders to give USC a 31-17 lead. AP Recap | Final Stats | Photo Gallery | Post-Game Presser

Holiday Bowl

ABC Two of the nation’s most storied college football programs—No. 24-ranked USC and No. 25 Nebraska—will face off in the Holiday Bowl for an ESPN prime-time post-Christmas contest. Troy, one of the nation’s premier bowl teams, has won two-thirds of its 48 bowl appearances (including 7 of the past 8) and played in 13 different bowls, but this will be the Trojans’ first-ever Holiday Bowl visit. Nebraska, which has won half of its 50 bowl appearances, will be making its fourth Holiday Bowl trip, including its third since 2009. These traditional football powers, who between them have won 16 national championships and produced 9 Heisman Trophy winners, will be meeting for just the fifth time ever (USC has never lost), but the first time in a bowl. USC has won its last 12 games against Big Ten teams, including victories in its last 7 bowl meetings versus the conference. This will be only the seventh time that USC has played a game in San Diego, which is just a 2-hour drive from Troy’s Los Angeles campus, and the Trojans last visited there in 1992. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, however, is familiar with the Holiday Bowl and the Cornhuskers, having guided his Washington team to a victory over NU in the 2010 Holiday Bowl (several Trojan assistants also have coached in the bowl and one even played in it). USC has had about 70 lettermen in its history hail from San Diego, including Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen and All-American Cotton Warburton, and one famous Trojan alumnus was a noted news anchorman in the city Both teams enter the game with similar records and both had some close losses (3 of USC’s were by a total of 13 points, including 2 on the opponents’ final play, while 2 of NU’s were by less than a touchdown). For comparison’s sake, both USC and Nebraska faced—and handily defeated—Fresno State earlier this season. Nebraska, however, is in transition right now, much like USC was in its bowl game last season, as head coach Bo Pelini was released after the regular season and assistant Barney Cotton will be the Cornhuskers’ interim head coach in the bowl. Waiting in the NU wings is new head coach Mike Riley, the former Oregon State head coach and one-time USC assistant. USC, coming off a dominant win over intersectional rival Notre Dame, features an up-tempo offense that is highly ranked nationally in a number of passing categories and a strong defense that is in the national Top 25 in red zone defense, turnover margin and third down conversion defense. USC has outscored foes by 121 points in the first quarter and has yet to allow an opponent to score on its opening possession this season. QB Cody Kessler, a finalist for the Unitas Golden Arm Award and Manning Award who is having the most efficient season ever by a Trojan quarterback, is among the nation’s leaders in passing efficiency, completion percentage, TD passes, completions and passing yards while hitting over 70% of his throws with 36 TDs and just 4 interceptions. All-Pac-12 first team TB Javorius Allen, a 1,000-yard runner who has 8 100-yard rushing outings this year, leads the league in all-purpose yards and is the only player in the nation with 12 games of 100-plus yards from scrimmage. WR Nelson Agholor, also an All-Pac-12 first teamer who has even earned All-American notice, is on the verge of 100 catches this year while ranking in the national Top 11 in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs (he also has a school-record 4 career scoring punt returns). The young Trojan offensive line, with 3 true freshman starters, is led by All-Pac-12 first team C Max Tuerk. USC’s defense is headlined by 2-time All-American first team DE Leonard Williams, along with ILB Hayes Pullard, who will be the first Trojan in 35 years to lead USC in tackles for 3 seasons (he has 369 career stops), and All-Pac-12 first team S-turned-OLB Su’a Cravens, a Sophomore All-American first teamer who has 16 tackles for a loss this year (no defensive back in the nation has more) and 6 career picks. USC has had to rely on numerous true freshmen because of depth issues (11 have played significantly, with 8 who have combined for 52 starts), including a quartet of Freshman All-American first teamers in Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year CB-WR-RET Adoree’ Jackson (he has played 3 ways in 7 games this year and is among the nation’s leading kickoff returners), OG-now-OT Toa Lobendahn, OG Viane Talamaivao and WR JuJu Smith (51 receptions in 2014). No more than 57 recruited scholarship Trojans have suited up for any game in 2014 because of NCAA-mandated scholarship limitations. Nebraska, which won in overtime at Iowa in its last game, features an offense that is in the national Top 20 in rushing and scoring and a defense that is especially stingy against the pass. I-back Ameer Abdullah, a 2014 Doak Walker Award finalist who ran for 200 yards 4 times this season as he became the school’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards and is second in rushing yards, is in the national Top 15 in rushing (1,523 yards), rushing TDs (18), all-purpose yards and scoring. Elusive QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. directs the offensive attack, throwing for 2,314 yards with 19 TDs and running for 664 yards with another 5 scores. His top targets are WR Kenny Bell, the school’s career leader in receptions and receiving yards who earned All-Big Ten first team honors this season, soph WR Jordan Westerkamp and freshman WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, who is third nationally in punt returns while tying for the national lead in scoring punt returns (3). The Cornhusker defense is led by 2-time All-Big Ten first team DE Randy Gregory, along with leading tackler LB Zaire Anderson and soph S Nate Gerry, who is 18th nationally in interceptions. Complete Media Release (pdf) | Holiday Bowl Guide (pdf)

USC to Face Nebraska in Holiday Bowl

ABC TESTThe No. 24-ranked USC football team has been selected to play in its first-ever National University Holiday Bowl when it faces No. 25 Nebraska in San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 27. The 37th Holiday Bowl will kick off at 5 p.m. PT in Qualcomm Stadium and the Pac-12-versus-Big Ten matchup will be shown live nationally on ESPN. The Trojans are 8-4 overall and finished tied for second in the Pac-12 South Division at 6-3 under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. The Cornhuskers went 9-3 and tied for second in the Big Ten West Division at 5-3, but head coach Bo Pelini was dismissed after the conclusion of the regular season and he was replaced by former Oregon State head coach (and one-time USC assistant) Mike Riley. Interim head coach Barney Cotton will coach Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. “We are excited to go play in the Holiday Bowl and be the first USC team to do so,” said Sarkisian, who previously guided Washington to the 2010 Holiday Bowl, where his Huskies beat Nebraska, 19-7. “We get to play close to home and our fans will show up in force. They’ll get to see a pair of Top 25 teams with storied football heritages. Having been to the Holiday Bowl when I was at Washington, I know this bowl experience will be a good one for our players and fans. “We are hungry and determined to finish our season off well. We hope to use the momentum we have coming off our win over Notre Dame. But we’ll face a real challenge against a very good Nebraska team. Although they have made a coaching change, teams in transition like that usually band together and play well, as we saw last year here at USC and at Washington. “I know our players are excited about this opportunity. We’re looking forward to starting the process of game planning and getting ready to play another game.” This will be just the fifth meeting between USC and Nebraska. Troy holds a 3-0-1 lead in the series. The teams last met in 2007, a 49-31 Trojan victory in Lincoln. This season, both teams faced Fresno State and posted near-identical victories (USC won 52-13 and Nebraska won 55-19). USC, whose first 3 losses of 2014 were by a total of 13 points, including 2 that came on the opponents’ last play of the game, features an up-tempo offense that is highly ranked nationally in a number of passing categories and a strong defense that is in the national Top 25 in red zone defense, turnover margin and third down conversion defense. QB Cody Kessler, a finalist for the Unitas Golden Arm Award and Manning Award, is among the nation’s leaders in passing efficiency, completion percentage, TD passes, completions and passing yards while hitting over 70% of his throws with 36 TDs and just 4 interceptions. All-Pac-12 first team TB Javorius Allen, a 1,000-yard runner who has 8 100-yard rushing outings this year, leads the league in all-purpose yards and is the only player in the nation with 12 games of 100-plus yards from scrimmage. WR Nelson Agholor, also an All-Pac-12 first teamer, is on the verge of 100 catches this year while ranking in the national Top 11 in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs and he also has a school-record 4 career scoring punt returns. The young Trojan offensive line, with 3 true freshman starters, is led by All-Pac-12 first team C Max Tuerk. USC’s defense is headlined by All-American DE Leonard Williams, a Hendricks Award finalist, along with ILB Hayes Pullard, who could be the first Trojan in 35 years to lead USC in tackles for 3 seasons, and All-Pac-12 first team S-turned-OLB Su’a Cravens, who has 16 tackles for a loss this year and 6 career picks. USC has had to rely on numerous true freshmen because of depth issues (11 have played significantly, including 8 who have combined for 52 starts) and several are Freshman All-American candidates: Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year CB-WR-RET Adoree’ Jackson (he has played 3 ways in 7 games this year and is among the nation’s leading kickoff returners), WR JuJu Smith (he has 51 receptions in 2014), OG-now-OT Toa Lobendahn and OG Viane Talamaivao. No more than 57 recruited scholarship Trojans have suited up for any game in 2014 because of NCAA-mandated scholarship limitations. The Trojans are among the nation’s premier bowl teams, with an overall post-season record of 32-16 (not including 1 win and 1 loss later vacated due to NCAA penalty). USC has lost just twice in its past 10 bowl games. Last year, Troy defeated Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl, 45-20. This will be the 14th different bowl for the Trojans, who have played in the Rose Bowl 32 times (not including 2 appearances later vacated). USC has the nation’s fourth highest bowl winning percentage (.667) among the 83 schools that have made at least 10 bowl appearances. Its 32 bowl victories are second behind Alabama’s 34 for most in the nation (not including 1 win for both teams vacated due to NCAA penalty). Troy’s 48 bowl appearances are sixth most. Nebraska, which will be appearing in its 51st bowl game (25 wins) and its fourth Holiday Bowl, features an offense that is in the national Top 20 in rushing and scoring and a defense that is especially stingy against the pass. I-Back Ameer Abdullah, who has 1,523 rushing yards with 18 TDs this year, is in the national Top 15 in rushing, rushing TDs, all-purpose yards and scoring. Elusive QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. directs the offensive attack, throwing for 2,314 yards with 19 TDs and running for 664 yards with another 5 scores. WR Kenny Bell earned All-Big Ten first team honors with 40 receptions and 5 TDs. Abdullah and Bell also both average about 24.0 yards returning kicks. The Cornhusker defense is led by All-Big Ten first team DE Randy Gregory, who has 10 tackles for loss (with 7 sacks) among his 50 tackles, along with leading tackler LB Zaire Anderson (95 tackles, 12 for losses) and S Nate Gerry, who has 5 interceptions to go with his 85 tackles. WR De’Mornay Pierson-El has returned 3 punts for touchdowns this season. USC fans can go... read more »

USC Cruises Past Notre Dame

ABC Cody Kessler passed for 372 yards and threw two of his six touchdown passes to George Farmer, leading Southern California to a 49-14 victory over Notre Dame in the 85th edition of the intersectional rivalry Saturday. Adoree Jackson, Darreus Rogers and Nelson Agholor also caught TD passes in a dynamic first half for the Trojans (8-4), who jumped to a 35-0 lead in the second quarter. USC easily reclaimed the Jeweled Shillelagh after two straight losses to the Irish, piling up 577 yards against Notre Dame’s injury-plagued defense. With Kessler’s second-half scoring throw to Randall Telfer, Notre Dame yielded six touchdown passes for the first time in the program’s 127-year history. That defensive low caps a miserable second-half slide for the Irish (7-5), who have lost five of their last six games. Everett Golson struggled mightily before Malik Zaire replaced him late in the first half with Notre Dame already trailing by 35. Zaire led a scoring drive and finished with 170 yards passing, providing hope for Notre Dame’s future. But the present in this rivalry belongs to the Trojans, who rebounded from their lifeless effort last week in a blowout loss to UCLA in their other big rivalry game. “These guys have been such a resilient group all year,” said USC coach Steve Sarkisian, who won his first shot at Notre Dame. “They have been through so much, and they keep working.” Kessler, who went 32 for 40, also became the first quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a half against Notre Dame while completing 16 straight passes in a stretch spanning halftime. After setting his career high in completions, the junior finished the regular season with 3,505 yards passing and 36 TDs against just four interceptions. Agholor caught 12 passes for 120 yards in perhaps his final game at USC, while Justin Davis rushed for 81 yards and a 16-yard score in the third quarter. Javorius Allen added 93 yards rushing. Before the final regular-season game of its NCAA sanctions era, USC said farewell to a small senior class. Several upperclassmen left with memorable games: J.R. Tavai matched his previous season total with 3 1/2 sacks, including a fourth-down sack with 4 minutes to play, while Gerald Bowman had an interception and Hayes Pullard recovered a fumble as USC built its lead. Greg Bryant rushed for 79 yards and a late TD for Notre Dame. The low stakes didn’t matter to fans as USC and Notre Dame closed out two disappointing regular seasons on a brilliant sunny day at the Coliseum, which hosted the schools’ first meeting on Dec. 4, 1926. Obviously aware of Notre Dame’s injury woes on defense, USC opened the game at a high offensive tempo, running the ball right at the depleted Irish front. After a TD throw was overturned on video review in USC’s first drive, Kessler hit Farmer in stride for a beautiful 48-yard TD moments later. Jackson, USC’s two-way freshman star, came out of the backfield for a 16-yard TD catch before Farmer capped the first quarter with a 31-yard TD catch down the seam. Rogers and Agholor caught scoring passes while USC ran away from Notre Dame, which mounted nothing on offense with Golson behind center. Zaire sparked the Irish, getting a 49-yard completion on his first collegiate throw before rushing for an 11-yard score shortly before halftime. Jackson sat out the second half with an apparent concussion. AP Recap | Final Stats | Photo Gallery | Post Game Presser

USC Hosts Notre Dame in Classic Intersectional Rivalry

ABC USC welcomes Notre Dame to the Coliseum on Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend for the 86th rendition of the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. Both teams, with identical 7-4 records, are looking to bounce back from tough losses last week and get it position for the post-season. It is USC’s 1,200th football game. The Trojans have lost just 3 times in their last 12 meetings with the Irish, but those losses all came in the past 4 seasons, including the last 2 seasons and the last 2 times the game was in Los Angeles. This is only the 12th time that neither team has been ranked going into the game (Notre Dame holds the upper hand in those meetings). For the first time ever, FOX will broadcast the USC-Notre Dame game. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian should be wary: only 2 Trojan coaches have won their debut games against the Irish. The contest is a battle between schools with perhaps the country’s most glorious gridiron heritages. The winner gets year-long possession of the jeweled Shillelagh. Both teams have faced Stanford (close wins) and Arizona State (stunning losses) this year. It is the 50th and 40th anniversaries of USC’s famous comeback victories over Notre Dame in 1964 and 1974 (USC A.D. Pat Haden, who spent 12 years handling color on Irish telecasts, was a Trojan hero in the 1974 game,). It is the final Coliseum game for USC’s seniors, who will run onto the field through a tunnel of former Trojan football players. QB Cody Kessler, a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist who is among the nation’s leaders in passing efficiency, completion percentage, TD passes, completions and passing yards, continues having the most efficient and accurate season of any Trojan quarterback ever (he has hit nearly 70% of his aerials with 30 TDs and just 4 picks). Doak Walker Award semifinalist TB Javorius Allen, a 1,000-yard runner in 2014 with 8 century yardage outings this season, tops the Pac-12 in all-purpose yards. Dual threat WR Nelson Agholor, a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist with a school-record 4 career scoring punt returns, is in the national Top 20 in receptions, receiving yards and punt returns. Dominant All-American DE Leonard Williams made the semifinalist listings for the Lombardi and Bednarik trophies, ILB Hayes Pullard is Troy’s tackle leader for a third season (he has 366 career stops) and 2013 Freshman All-American S-turned-OLB Su’a Cravens makes plays all over the field (no defensive back in the nation has more tackles for a loss). USC has had to rely on numerous true freshmen because of depth issues (11 have played significantly, including 8 who have posted 45 starts) and several are candidates for Freshman All-American honors: CB-WR-RET Adoree’ Jackson (he has played 3 ways in 6 games this year and is among the nation’s leading kickoff returners), WR JuJu Smith (he has 46 receptions in 2014), OG-now-OT Toa Lobendahn and OG Viane Talamaivao. No more than 57 recruited scholarship Trojans have suited up for any game in 2014 because of NCAA-mandated scholarship limitations. USC has outscored foes by 100 points in the first quarter and has yet to allow an opponent to score on its opening possession this season. Troy’s offense is highly ranked in various passing categories as well as on third down conversions, while its defense is in the national Top 25 in red zone defense, turnover margin and third down conversion defense. Fifth-year Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s team, which began 2014 with a 6-0 record, has lost 4 of its last 5 games (including the past 3) following last Saturday’s loss to Louisville at home. Kelly is looking to become the first coach to begin his ND career with 5 consecutive 8-win seasons. The Irish offense is directed by dual-threat QB Everett Golson, who is ranked high nationally in total offense, passing TDs, passing yardage and passing efficiency. His top target, WR Will Fuller, is second in the nation in receiving TDs (14). RB Tarean Folston is ND’s leading rusher. Defensively, the Irish are led by touted LB Jaylon Smith. P-PK Kyle Brindza owns the ND game, season and career records for field goals USC Media Release (pdf)

UCLA Rolls Past USC

ABC Brett Hundley passed for 326 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score, leading No. 11 UCLA past No. 24 Southern California 38-20 on Saturday night for the Bruins’ third straight victory in the annual crosstown showdown. Devin Lucien, Thomas Duarte and Eldridge Massington caught scoring passes as the Bruins (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) confirmed their Los Angeles supremacy and closed in on the Pac-12 South title with a one-sided romp over their biggest rivals at a festive Rose Bowl. Paul Perkins rushed for 93 yards and a score for UCLA, which hadn’t won three straight over USC since 1998. After five consecutive wins down the stretch of a slow-starting season, UCLA can advance to the Pac-12 title game with a victory over Stanford on Friday. Cody Kessler passed for 214 yards for the Trojans (7-4, 6-3), who struggled mightily against UCLA’s inspired defense. Not much went well for USC in its first rivalry game under new coach Steve Sarkisian after linebacker Anthony Sarao returned Hundley’s only interception 17 yards for a score on UCLA’s opening drive. The Bruins scored all of their 38 points in less than 30 minutes, and their defense limited the Trojans’ offense to just 200 yards and seven points in the first three quarters. If Hundley heads to the NFL next year as planned, the quarterback who led coach Jim Mora’s revitalization of the program will have a perfect record against USC – one of his stated goals since his freshman year. Mora also has beaten three USC head coaches in three years by a combined 111-62. With Hundley at the controls, UCLA has scored at least 35 points in three straight games against USC for the first time in series history. Hundley punctuated his final scoring drive with a 15-yard TD run straight up the middle midway through the third quarter, flexing both arms in celebration. Hundley also became UCLA’s career leader in total offense during the third quarter, passing the mark established by Cade McNown – who did it in four years to Hundley’s three. Both teams looked sharp in their traditional home jerseys on a crisp night in Arroyo Seco, but the game didn’t look good early for the Bruins. The UCLA defense stopped the Trojans on the game’s opening drive, and Sarao returned Hundley’s terrible throw down the UCLA sideline just 3:07 in. The Trojans forced another punt, but their early momentum evaporated when Nelson Agholor fumbled the return inside the USC 10. Lucien was left wide open on Hundley’s first TD throw. Just 39 seconds later, the quarterback threw down the middle to Duarte, who ran through USC’s stumbling secondary for a 57-yard score. USC evened it on Justin Davis’ 2-yard TD catch, but UCLA’s Eric Kendricks dived to intercept a tipped pass by Kessler moments later. The Bruins moved patiently for Massington’s 13-yard TD catch 14 seconds before halftime, putting them up 24-14. UCLA drove 84 yards for Perkins’ 10-yard TD run right after halftime, and Mora’s defense continued to crush Sarkisian’s offense. USC finally made a 91-yard drive in the final minutes, capped by Buck Allen’s TD run. Josh Shaw made his season debut for USC, playing intermittently on defense and special teams. The senior defensive back and former team captain missed the first 10 games for lying about how he sprained his ankles in a preseason fall. AP Recap | Final Stats | Photo Gallery | Post-Game Presser