USC holds off Hawaii 49-36
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USC holds off Hawaii 49-36



The No. 14-ranked Southern California Trojans shook off a pesky University of Hawaii football team to secure a 49-36 victory last night before 41,777 at Aloha Stadium.

USC (1-0) sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley threw five touchdown passes, including three to wideout Ronald Johnson, and answered every challenge the Hawaii (0-1) offense could muster in this high-scoring affair that saw Warriors signal-caller Bryant Moniz knocked out of the game in the third quarter by linebacker Michael Morgan.

USC broke out to a 20-3 advantage early in the second quarter on three touchdown passes by Barkley.

Hawaii responded with 10 unanswered points on a field goal by Scott Enos and a 56-yard touchdown pass from Moniz to Kealoha Pilares, but the Trojans bounced back with a 13-yard scoring strike from Barkley to Johnson to make it 27-13 with 1:06 left in the half.

The Warriors responded with a nice march of their own and appeared to score a touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Moniz to Greg Salas, but the officials ruled him down on the 1. The replay upheld the call. Hawaii eventually settled for an 18-yard field goal to trail 27-16 at the half.

USC quickly established itself in the third quarter on an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown by Johnson, who tied a school record with three scoring receptions. Barkley also tied a school mark with five touchdown tosses, including his final one to Johnson from 3 yards out.

Third-string quarterback Shane Austin came in and made things interesting with a 65-yard scoring strike to Pilares, his second TD grab of the night. But USC quickly responded with a 44-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring for the Trojans.

Not so for Hawaii. Austin threw another touchdown pass late to Pilares, his third of the game, from 30 yards out.


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