Grades: USC-Hawaii

September, 1, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- The No. 1 USC Trojans certainly looked the part on Saturday at the Coliseum in a 49-10 win over visiting Hawaii. Here is a closer look at how the Trojans performed:

GradePASSING ATTACK
We knew this was coming. But it was still darn pretty, wasn't it? Aside from a few drops from Marqise Lee and one from Robert Woods, the Trojans' passing game was sharp all night. Max Wittek didn't seem to be overly jittery when he entered the game in the fourth quarter.

GradeRUSHING ATTACK
There really wasn't one. When your starting running back doesn't get hurt and has only three carries at the end of three quarters, you don't have a rushing attack. Silas Redd looked like quite the able ballcarrier, but Curtis McNeal should probably have gotten some more opportunities.

GradeIN THE TRENCHES
Hey, five sacks in a game is good for the Trojans' defensive line -- no matter that the Hawaii offensive line isn't exactly elite. Morgan Breslin proved to have serious pass-rushing potential, and George Uko similarly flashed. On offense, new left tackle Aundrey Walker wasn't dominant and had room for improvement.

GradeDEFENSE
There were a lot of good signs from this group, from the fumbles forced by a couple young players to Hayes Pullard's pouncing-on of a tipped pass and subsequent pick six. USC's secondary depth is clearly a strength, and Hawaii couldn't get anything going at all when it mattered.

GradeSPECIAL TEAMS
The newly scholarshipped Kyle Negrete averaged more than 45 yards per punt, and both Andre Heidari and Craig McMahon were effective kicking -- when they were in the game, of course. Marqise Lee's 100-yard kickoff return for a score boosts this group's grade into the 'A' range.

GradeCOACHING
Passing play-calling was nice and varied, but Lane Kiffin would've been well-served to call a few more runs in the first half. And 0-for-3 on two-point conversion attempts -- with no apparent explanation for why they kept coming -- is grounds for a full grade deduction.

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PASSINGATTCOMPYDSTD
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RUSHINGCARYDSAVGTD
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