- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Trojans dominated the first half on both sides of the ball. The only question remaining is how long Barkley, Lee and the rest of the starters keep playing.
USC outgained the Warriors 328 to 83. They averaged 9.4 yards per play compared to 4.0 for the Warriors.
That Barkley and the offense were completely in control isn't surprising. It's probably a bit more reassuring for Trojans fans that the defense also looked sharp, even with several players sitting out with injuries, including middle linebacker Lamar Dawson and defensive end Wes Horton.
Barkley completed 17 of 30 passes for 309 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. Most of it went to Lee, who caught eight passes for 176 yards. But Robert Woods caught two TD passes.
Penn State transfer Silas Redd rushed for a 31-yard TD on fourth-and-2.
It wasn't a perfect showing by any means. Barkley missed some throws. Lee dropped a long pass. The Trojans were hit with six penalties for 60 yards. They failed to convert three 2-point plays.
Still, they made Hawaii, likely to finish near the basement of the Mountain West Conference, look like an FCS team.
Hawaii, stressed trying to contain Lee and Woods, was flagged for four pass interference penalties. The Warriors probably could have been flagged for a few more.
There is no intrigue left in this one, so that means mission accomplished for the opener. Barkley and the other starters should be sitting on the bench eating orange slices fairly early in the second half.