Trojans Strike Quick, Vandals Moving the Ball
USC didn't take long to find the end zone, mounting a 10-play, 80-yard drive on its first possession; and it shared the wealth along the way.
C.J. Gable, the official starter at game time, got the bulk of the yardage with 44 yards on three carries, including a 33-yarder on the first play from scrimmage. But Stafon Johnson got the goal-line love with a four-yard touchdown to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead six minutes into the game.
While the Trojans seemed to move the ball at will, their defense has been far from dominant in two Idaho drives. The Vandals were productive on both possessions, breaking into USC territory twice before stumbling on Trojans' half of the field.
As I read what I just wrote, it sounds absurdly nit-picky to fault a unit for allowing a few first downs in two drives. But I did come in expecting a lot of three and outs from Idaho.