Sou.thern Cal 49
Nebraska 31

Sep. 15, 2007 - 7:13 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Sou.thern Cal 7 14 21 7 49
Nebraska 7 3 0 21 31

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1st quarter
SC: S. Havili, 5 pass from J. Booty (D. Buehler kick) 10:49 
NU: C. Glenn 1 run (A. Henery kick) 1:03
2nd quarter
NU: Henery 37 FG, 9:04
SC: Havili 2 run (Buehler kick) 6:50
SC: S. Johnson 7 run (Buehler kick) 1:19
3rd quarter
SC: Anthony McCoy 2 pass from Booty (Buehler kick) 11:29
SC: C. Washington 1 run (Buehler kick) 9:14
SC: Washington 1 run (Buehler kick) 5:03
4th quarter
NU: Glenn 1 run (Henery kick) 12:09
SC: A. Bradford 6 run (Buehler kick) 6:45
NU: T. Peterson 20 pass from S. Keller (Keller pass to S. Hill) 4:32
NU: Peterson 18 pass from Keller (pass failed) 0:51

                             SC        NU
First downs................. 22        28
  Rushing................... 14         3
  Passing.................... 8        19
  Penalty.................... 0         6
Rushes-Yards............ 38-313     28-31
Net yards passing.......... 144       389
  Comp-Att-Int......... 19-30-0   36-54-2
Total offense........... 68-457    82-420
Fumbles-Lost............... 5-1       0-0
Penalties-Yards......... 10-102      6-45
Punts-Avg............... 4-41.0    6-37.7
Punt returns-Avg...... 1-(-2.0)     2-2.0
Kickoff returns-Avg..... 3-28.0    9-21.8
Interceptions-Yds......... 2-43       0-0
Fumble Returns-Yds......... 0-0      1-11
Possession Time.......... 29:02     30:58
Third-Down Conv. ......... 5/10      8/17
Fourth-Down Conv. ......... 1/1       0/0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 7-7       5-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 2-19       0-0

RUSHING
SC: S.Johnson 11-144, Gable 4-69, Havili 2-52, C.Washington 12-43, McKnight 1-5, Bradford 6-4, Sanchez 1-0, Booty 1-(minus 4).

NU: Lucky 17-33, Glenn 8-20, Nunn 1-(minus 3), Keller 2-(minus 19).

PASSING
SC: Booty 19-30-0-144.
NU: Keller 36-54-2-389.

RECEIVING
SC: F.Davis 3-38, Ausberry 3-35, Turner 3-24, Havili 3-22, Walker 2-23, R.Johnson 1-4, Hazelton 1-2, McCoy 1-2. McKnight 1-0, S.Johnson 1-(minus 6).

NU: Purify 7-80, Lucky 6-41, Peterson 5-74, Nunn 4-57, Swift 4-56, Glenn 4-46, Erickson 2-21, S.Hill 2-10, Hardy 2-4.

Attendance: 84,959

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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.

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2007 schedule
04/14 Red 38, White 0
09/01 Nevada W 52-10
09/08 @ Wake Forest W 20-17
09/15 Southern Cal L 31-49
09/22 Ball St. W 41-40
09/29 Iowa St. W 35-17
10/06 @ MIssouri L 6-41
10/13 Oklahoma St. L 14-45
10/20 Texas A&M L 14-36
10/27 @ Texas L 25-28
11/03 @ Kansas L 39-76
11/10 Kansas St. W 73-31
11/23 @ Colorado L 51-65

Commentary

Colonel Mustard

This game does not make or break our season, but it is definitely a benchmark.

Sipple

So, Nebraska still awaits its ‘breakthrough’ win. I thought this might be the Huskers’ big chance. I really did.

Lincoln Journal Star
Leever

We looked exactly like a team playing with four new starters along the defensive line, plus a new D-line coach.

Douglass

What USC accomplished with the ground game looked eerily similar to the way Colorado gashed the Blackshirts back in 2001.

Grand Island Independent
Barfknecht

So in Year Four of the Callahan Experiment (it’s not the Callahan Era yet, despite his two-year contract extension), where should the bar be set?

Omaha World-Herald
McKeever

It’s hard to imagine Nebraska will see a team anywhere close as talented as the Men of Troy the rest of this season.

Lincoln Journal Star
Dienhart

These are programs going in different directions. The Huskers are yesterday’s team.

Sporting News
Dodd

Forget the caliber, just call the Trojans cocked and loaded — again.

CBS Sports
Plaschke

It is a statement that surely will be heard this week in places like Norman and Gainesville and Baton Rouge. Somebody else No. 1?

Los Angeles Times
Simers

“Big Red,” instead of a cornpone cheer today, is the color of Nebraska embarrassment.

Los Angeles Times
Whicker

The Trojans needed to come into a football shrine and show a team personality, and they did. Arm-tacklers, beware.

Orange County Register
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