Saturday, September 1, 2012
Instant analysis: USC 49, Hawaii 10
By Kevin Gemmell
The USC Trojans, who opened the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, showed why many consider them the best team in the country with a 49-10 thrashing of Hawaii. Here's how it all went down at the Coliseum.
It was over when: Matt Barkley, Marqise Lee and Robert Woods all decided they'd get out of bed this morning. Barkley and Lee hooked up for a 75-yard touchdown on USC's first offensive play and the Trojans never looked back.
Game ball goes to: Take your pick among that trio. But we'll go with Lee and his 10 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown. He also added a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Unsung hero: Making his USC debut, running back Silas Redd, a transfer from Penn State, carried nine times for 57 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-2.
Unsung hero, take 2: USC linebacker Hayes Pullard was beastly. On top of his hard hits, he also had a pick-six late in the first quarter.
Heisman watch: Barkley entered the season as the front-runner and didn't disappoint. He missed on a couple of balls and there were some drops. But overall a pretty good night: 24-of-39, 351 yards and four touchdowns.
What it means: Probably not much at this point. Most people expected USC would cruise against Hawaii. It wasn't as clean as it could have been. There were some dropped balls and Redd did lose a fumble, so there are some negative plays the Trojans can go back and scrutinize. But USC didn't stub its toe, nor did the Trojans give the people who voted them No. 1 any reason to doubt their selection.