Fresno State vs. USC: Live Score and Highlights

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

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USC began the Steve Sarkisian era in dominating fashion, crushing visiting Fresno State 52-13 on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Sarkisian, the former Trojans assistant who had spent the past five years at Washington, brought in his up-tempo offense for 2014 and it clicked on nearly all cylinders in its debut. USC ran a school-record 105 offensive plays, generating 705 yards in taking a 24-0 lead and never looking back.

Quarterback Cody Kessler was near-perfect, completing 25-of-37 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns. He also scored on a 1-yard run for the game's opening score. Kessler's TD passes went to three different people, with Nelson Agholor snaring a pair of scoring catches and the others going to freshmen Adoree' Jackson and Bryce Dixon. 

Another freshman, JuJu Smith, had 123 yards on four catches for USC. The run game was crisp, too, grinding out 269 yards with 133 of that coming from Javorius Allen. Allen also had a TD run.

Fresno State, which shuffled between junior Brian Burrell and senior Duke transfer Brandon Connette at quarterback, saw its passers throw a combined four interceptions.

Final stats can be found here.

Scroll down for all of our real-time updates and analysis, including some of the best pictures, videos, GIFS and tweets from this season-opening tilt.


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