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No. 4 USC holds off W Michigan 49-31 with big 4th quarter

LOS ANGELES (AP) Sam Darnold's offense sputtered and misfired in the stifling 99-degree heat. The Southern California defense struggled to stop Western Michigan's running game.

Although a fourth-quarter flurry erased the Trojans' struggles on the scoreboard, they left with respect for the Broncos and determination to get better.

Ronald Jones II ran 37 yards for the tiebreaking touchdown with 6:57 to play Saturday, and No. 4 USC rallied from a second-half deficit for a 49-31 victory in both schools' opener.

''It's just stuff that we have to go through,'' said Darnold, who failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time during USC's 10-game winning streak. ''You're going to have little mistakes. You're going to have setbacks, but we have to learn from them and get better.''

Jones rushed for 159 yards and three scores, while freshman Stephen Carr added 69 yards rushing and two TDs in an auspicious debut for the Trojans, who scored 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Marvell Tell returned an interception 37 yards for a TD with 3:13 to play as USC won its 10th consecutive game despite major trouble from the defending MAC champion Broncos on a brutally hot day at the Coliseum.

''I am happy to have that type of experience,'' USC coach Clay Helton said. ''I'm happy it wasn't easy, and was a hard-fought game. We know that there's a lot of progress that needs to be made, and very quickly.''

Darnold passed for 289 yards and rushed for a score, but the junior had thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of the Trojans' previous nine games, including his record-setting performance in last season's Rose Bowl . Deontay Burnett caught seven passes for 142 yards.

Jon Wassink passed for 67 yards, caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another score in coach Tim Lester's debut for his alma mater. Even after losing coach P.J. Fleck, quarterback Zach Terrell and star receiver Corey Davis, the Broncos' 15 returning starters came back strong after winning 13 games and reaching the Cotton Bowl.

''Our guys came to play,'' Broncos tailback Jamauri Bogan said. ''We knew that we would show up. We knew that the country would expect us to fold. I really feel like we laid it on the line, and we're ready for next week.''

After Carr's first TD run put the Trojans ahead midway through the fourth, Western Michigan's Darius Phillips returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a tying touchdown with 7:54 to play. USC then gained 79 yards on two big plays, with Deontay Burnett making a 42-yard catch before the speedy Jones' third TD run.

''Whoo, their running backs are special, you know what I mean?'' Lester said. ''We had to stop the run, and that was the frustrating part toward the end.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Western Michigan: The best season in school history just might get a worthy sequel. The Broncos had absolutely no problem hanging with the defending Rose Bowl champions, and could have won it with a few defensive stops in the second-half heat. The passing game has work to do, but Wassink is off to a promising start.

USC: While the offense finally came uncorked with a huge second half, the Trojans had difficulty stopping Western Michigan's impressive running game, which racked up 263 yards. With power-running Stanford headed to the Coliseum next weekend, USC's defense has plenty of work to do if it hopes to avoid getting flattened during Pac-12 play.

GREAT START

Wassink went 11 for 22, but made several big plays in his first career start as the replacement for Terrell, the Broncos' career passing leader. Wassink hadn't played a competitive game since his 2014 high school state final, but he caught the back end of a double pass and took it 27 yards in front of USC's stunned fans to take a lead shortly after halftime.

THE SNAP

Jake Olson, the Trojans' blind long-snapper, made his USC debut when he delivered the snap for the final extra point. The remarkable moment was the culmination the remarkable dedication to football shown by Olson, who completely lost his sight eight years ago, but never gave up on his football dreams. ''What a pressure player,'' Helton said. ''Was that not a perfect snap?''

UP NEXT

Western Michigan: The Broncos visit Michigan State.

USC: Stanford and its vaunted running game visit the Coliseum.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:13
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
49
Touchdown 3:25
16-J.Wassink incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 7-M.Tell at WMC 36. 7-M.Tell runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
73
yds
00:19
pos
31
48
Point After TD 3:57
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
42
Touchdown 3:57
7-S.Carr runs 52 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
8
yds
00:33
pos
31
41
Field Goal 4:43
37-J.Grant 44 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
11
yds
02:07
pos
31
35
Point After TD 6:57
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
35
Touchdown 6:57
25-R.Jones runs 37 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
20
yds
00:57
pos
28
34
Point After TD 7:54
37-J.Grant extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
28
Touchdown 7:54
49-M.Brown kicks 65 yards from USC 35. 4-D.Phillips runs 100 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
5
yds
00:13
pos
27
28
Point After TD 8:07
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 8:07
7-S.Carr runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
14
plays
3
yds
04:08
pos
21
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:34
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
21
Touchdown 0:34
14-S.Darnold runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
40
yds
04:03
pos
21
20
Point After TD 9:11
37-J.Grant extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
14
Touchdown 9:11
13-K.Watson complete to 16-J.Wassink. 16-J.Wassink runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
46
yds
05:49
pos
20
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:21
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 4:21
25-R.Jones runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
-8
yds
03:35
pos
14
13
Point After TD 14:53
37-J.Grant extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 15:00
16-J.Wassink runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
84
yds
5:00
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:07
37-J.Grant extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 6:07
32-J.Bogan runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
16
yds
03:32
pos
6
7
Point After TD 13:00
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 13:00
25-R.Jones runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
17
yds
02:00
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 24 25
Rushing 15 12
Passing 5 13
Penalty 4 0
3rd Down Conv 5-14 7-11
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 354 504
Total Plays 71 67
Avg Gain 5.0 7.5
Net Yards Rushing 263 232
Rush Attempts 48 34
Avg Rush Yards 5.5 6.8
Net Yards Passing 91 272
Comp. - Att. 12-23 23-33
Yards Per Pass 4.0 8.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-3 2-17
Penalties - Yards 12-96 12-80
Touchdowns 4 7
Rushing TDs 2 6
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 1 1
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 5-44.0 4-51.0
Return Yards 188 126
Punts - Returns 1-0 1-15
Kickoffs - Returns 4-168 4-75
Int. - Returns 2-20 1-36
Kicking 5/6 7/7
Extra Points 4/4 7/7
Field Goals 1/2 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
W. Michigan 0-1 7771031
4 USC 1-0 7772849
91 PASS YDS 272
263 RUSH YDS 232
354 TOTAL YDS 504
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Wassink 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 67 0 1 66.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 67 0 1 66.5
J. Wassink 11/22 67 0 1
K. Watson 13 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 27 1 0 656.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 27 1 0 656.8
K. Watson 1/1 27 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Bellamy 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 102 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 102 0
L. Bellamy 9 102 0 48
J. Bogan 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 77 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 77 1
J. Bogan 15 77 1 13
J. Franklin 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 40 0
J. Franklin 12 40 0 9
J. Wassink 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 32 1
J. Wassink 7 32 1 15
D. Tucker 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 12 0
D. Tucker 5 12 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Curtis 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 30 0
A. Curtis 3 30 0 11
J. Wassink 16 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 27 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 27 1
J. Wassink 1 27 1 27
D. Ernsberger 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 15 0
D. Ernsberger 3 15 0 8
D. Eskridge 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
D. Eskridge 1 12 0 12
K. Watson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 6 0
K. Watson 2 6 0 5
J. Franklin 31 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
J. Franklin 1 4 0 4
L. Bellamy 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 0 0
L. Bellamy 1 0 0 0
G. Ricci 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
G. Ricci 0 0 0 0
L. Sanders 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
L. Sanders 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Brown 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Brown 1-0 1.0 0
E. Assoua 33 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
E. Assoua 1-0 1.0 0
D. Phillips 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
D. Phillips 0-0 0.0 1
S. Beal 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
S. Beal 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Grant 37 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
1/2 4/4
J. Grant 1/2 44 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Mitchell 39 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 44.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 44.0 3
D. Mitchell 5 44.0 3 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Phillips 4 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 42.0 100 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 42.0 100 0
D. Phillips 4 42.0 100 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Phillips 4 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
D. Phillips 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.7% 289 0 2 131.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.7% 289 0 2 131.1
S. Darnold 23/33 289 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 159 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 159 3
R. Jones II 18 159 3 37
V. Malepeai 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
V. Malepeai 2 14 0 11
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
A. Ware 1 3 0 3
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -6 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -6 1
S. Darnold 5 -6 1 11
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -7 0
V. Jones Jr. 1 -7 0 -7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 142 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 142 0
D. Burnett 7 142 0 42
S. Mitchell Jr. 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 39 0
S. Mitchell Jr. 4 39 0 20
T. Petite 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 24 0
T. Petite 3 24 0 8
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 19 0
R. Jones II 1 19 0 19
D. Imatorbhebhe 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
D. Imatorbhebhe 1 12 0 12
J. Greene 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 11 0
J. Greene 1 11 0 11
T. Vaughns 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
T. Vaughns 1 8 0 8
T. Sidney 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
T. Sidney 1 7 0 7
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
A. Ware 1 4 0 4
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
V. Jones Jr. 0 0 0 0
C. Angeline 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Angeline 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
P. Gustin 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
P. Gustin 1-0 1.0 0
I. Marshall 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
I. Marshall 1-0 0.0 0
M. Tell III 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
M. Tell III 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Budrovich 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 51.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 51.0 2
R. Budrovich 4 51.0 2 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Ja. Jones 25 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 7.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 7.0 14 0
Ja. Jones 2 7.0 14 0
V. Jones Jr. 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 30.5 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 30.5 32 0
V. Jones Jr. 2 30.5 32 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Harris 27 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
A. Harris 1 15.0 15 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:00 WMICH 35 1:00 3 5 Punt
9:39 WMICH 41 3:32 10 59 TD
5:01 WMICH 16 4:51 10 77 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:53 WMICH 26 2:10 5 15 Punt
9:28 WMICH 5 1:18 4 1 Punt
4:21 WMICH 25 2:39 10 39 FG Miss
0:07 WMICH 47 0:06 2 12 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WMICH 25 5:49 13 75 TD
7:16 WMICH 7 2:14 5 18 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WMICH 31 2:39 5 3 Punt
8:07 USC 35 0:13 2 5 TD
6:50 WMICH 34 2:07 7 40 FG
3:44 WMICH 25 0:19 3 73 INT
3:01 WMICH 16 2:30 5 12 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 USC 25 2:00 7 17 TD
11:49 USC 15 1:58 4 17 Punt
6:01 USC 32 0:51 3 6 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 USC 15 0:50 3 8 Punt
11:36 USC 18 1:59 5 18 Punt
7:56 WMICH 45 3:35 10 45 TD
1:37 USC 21 1:15 7 27 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:05 USC 29 1:40 5 -22 INT
4:37 USC 17 4:03 12 83 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:15 USC 44 4:08 14 56 TD
7:54 USC 17 0:57 5 83 TD
4:30 USC 34 0:33 4 8 TD
3:13 WMICH 7 0:00 1 -58