USC Rushes Through Nebraska

Ground game gets No. 1 Trojans past Huskers 49-31
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2007 6:24 AM CDT
Southern California's Lawrence Jackson (96) sacks Nebraska's quarterback Sam Keller, with USC's Clay Matthews, lower right, in the first half of their college football game, in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The USC Trojans sailed through Nebraska's "sea of red" yesterday, finding every hole in the 14th-ranked Cornhuskers' defense to put up 313 yards rushing, the Los Angeles Times reports. Quarterback John David Booty had little more to do than to hand the ball to teammates like Stafon Johnson, who advanced 144 yards in the decisive 49-31 victory.

The cracks in Nebraska's defense had been starting to show in previous games, and USC's play-calling and use of hand signals broke them open from the beginning. Booty threw for 144 yards of his own, and the Trojan defense helped string three straight touchdowns in the second half by twice intercepting Cornhuskers quarterback Sam Keller.