3 things we learned from the Trojans' win over Western Michigan

USC long-snapper Jake Olson got a chance to prove you don't need to be able to see to play football. Jones racked up 159 yards and three touchdowns on only 18 carries, while Darnold completed 23-of-33 passes for 289 yards and no touchdowns against two interceptions, though he did run for an 11-yard score. Here's a look at three things we learned from the Trojans victory over Western Michigan.

The USC Trojans prevailed in the end after a 20-point fourth quarter to begin the season 1-0.

USC took the lead midway through the fourth quarter, but then Western Michigan took the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown to knot the score at 28.

After a field goal by Western Michigan, freshman running back Stephen Carr extended USC's lead when he darted toward the sideline for a 52-yard touchdown run, putting it ahead 42-31 with 4:37 left. Four players carried the ball at least seven times and all gained at least 30 yards. The snap was clean.

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Jones far and away outperformed USC's purported Heisman candidate Sam Darnold.

Darnold was sacked twice in the first half, a contrast to last season when he was rarely touched.

While it wasn't the game USC fans were hoping for, Saturday's 49-31 contest revealed a lot, both good and bad about the Trojans.

Pac-12 favorite USC is on serious upset watch at home against defending MAC champion Western Michigan.


  • Lawrence Cooper