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USC Out-Scrimmages Hawaii 49-36 in Season Opener

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Both USC and Hawaii had no contact in during their camps this summer which was evident as both teams racked up a combined 1,113 yards of offense in USC’s 49-36 scrimmage-like win.

So it was hard to tell whether quarterback Matt Barkley and the offense were that good or feasting on a bad defense. But Matt Barkley looked great shaking off the freshman cobwebs 257 yards passing on an 18-for-23 night and tying a Trojan record five touchdown passes. A record-tying three of those touchdown passes went to Ronald Johnson who caught seven passes overall for 59 yards.

The tailbacks combined for 241 yards led by Marc Tyler who carried the rock 17 times for 154 yards en route to 525 yards of total offense.

But that Trojan defense simply looked awful giving up 588 yards of total offense to the Warriors. The Hawaii receivers were routinely getting behind the young inexperienced Trojan secondary amassing 459 passing yards alone.

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I sense some tackling drills in both teams’ futures. It wasn’t pretty by any stretch, but it’s a win for the Trojans.