USC kicked off its 2012 season on Saturday afternoon with a dominating 49-10 win over Hawaii. Taking the field with postseason eligibility restored, the Trojans fired on most cylinders, showing the sold-out Coliseum crowd of 93,607 a glimpse of the rebuilt program.
Senior QB Matt Barkley was dominating, sophomore RB Marqise Lee was exciting and the young defense showed that while there is room for improvement, they were better than expected.
Despite the 49 points scored by USC and the electrifying plays by Marqise Lee, there were moments in the rout when fans in the stadium turned to each other and wondered if the team was asleep.
Two of USC's touchdowns came from the defense and special teams. The offense was good but not great, and it has too much talent and firepower to just be good. WR Marqise Lee dropped two passes. Robert Woods dropped one. New Trojan transfer Silas Redd fumbled. The O-Line was sufficient but not amazing.
The lack of a running game and the relatively quiet game of Robert Woods may have something to do with the feeling that, while prolific on Saturday night, the offense was not firing on all its available cylinders.
Hawaii and Syracuse, the first two teams on the Trojans’ 2012 schedule, are a warm-up exercise for the meat of their schedule. In week 3, the Trojans face an Andrew Luck-less Stanford team.
Sure, the Trojans looked good, but how good? Let’s take a look at five things we learned from the week 1 game versus Hawaii.