No. 1 Trojans trample Huskers in prime time
No. 1 USC reeled off 35 straight points in the second and third quarters to claim a 49-31 victory over No. 14 Nebraska.
Nebraska took a 10-7 lead on Alex Henery’s 37-yard field goal with 9:04 left in the second quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, USC benefited from a fortuitous bounce when Rickey Thenarse stripped USC return man Vincent Joseph of the football in front of the USC sideline and the ball flew more than 10 yards toward the middle of the field. Trojan Malcolm Smith scooped up the ball and raced 31 yards down the Nebraska sideline before being upended at the NU 45.
Josephvsuffered a bruised larnyx on the play and was carried off the field and taken to a hospital. After the extended delay, USC appeared to regroup and attack the Huskers on both sides of the ball with greater energy.
The Trojans wasted little time in regaining the lead, pounding the ball on five straight rushing plays covering 45 yards capped by Stanley Havili’s two-yard touchdown run with 6:50 remaining in the half.