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USC Wins With Kiffin...Defense Still a Question Mark

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Head coach Lane Kiffin looks on during the  USC Trojans spring game on  May 1, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Shane PattonCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2010

If you stayed up late and watched USC defeat Hawaii, you witnessed USC's power on offense but lack of depth on defense. USC won the shoot-out 49-36.

USC Quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 257 yards and tied a school record tossing 5 TD passes. Pretty impressive for a guy who was a bit shaky at times last season as the Trojans freshman starter. Barkley became only the fifth USC quarterback to throw 5 TD passes in a single game. Mark Sanchez was the last USC quarterback to throw 5 TD's in a game, leaving Barkley in good company.

Running back Marc Tyler rushed for 157 yards on 17 carries to compliment Barkley's passing attack.

Hawaii hung in there putting up 588 total yards against the Trojans. 459 of those yards coming in the air and 129 yards coming from the Hawaii rushing attack.

USC was continually penalized last night and racked up 11 total penalties costing the Trojans 100 yards. Hawaii seemed to sense that the Trojans were tired on defense and kept going right at them. USC's depleted roster was evident through out the night as they appeared fatigued and spent.

All-in-all, this was a good win for Lane Kiffin. The Trojans escaped Hawaii without injury and pulled out a win on their season opener as they enter their post-Pete Carroll era.


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