Scores

Final

Hawaii 32

(1-1, 0-1 away)

(1) USC 61

(3-0, 2-0 home)

4:00 PM ET, September 13, 2003

Los Angeles Coliseum, LOS ANGELES, CA

1 2 3 4 T
HAW 3 3 7 1932
#1USC 3 28 21 961

USC defense sacks Chang, Hawaii

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California coach Pete Carroll was eager to get the Trojans' running game going.

The fourth-ranked Trojans (3-0) got virtually everything going against Hawaii on Saturday, rolling to a 61-32 victory for their 11th consecutive win.

Freshmen Reggie Bush and LenDale White each ran for a pair of touchdowns, and Matt Leinart threw for two scores.

The defense held Warriors quarterback Timmy Chang in check most of the game, and even chipped in with a pair of touchdowns and a safety as USC built a 52-6 lead in the third quarter.

"I thought this was a particularly good game for the offense," Carroll said. "We wanted to establish some consistency in the running game, and to take a look at some of our young running backs. Matt Leinart had an excellent game.

"We played so well coming out of the half, it gave us a chance to get a lot of guys playing time. Those guys work so hard on the practice field, so it was a gift from the first two units of offense and defense to the rest of the guys."

Leinart completed 15 of 21 passes for 200 yards and didn't play after the third quarter. White had 58 yards on 10 carries, and Bush had 54 on nine carries as the Trojans netted 164 yards on the ground.

The Trojans took control against the Warriors (1-1) with four touchdowns in the second quarter -- three in the final 4:29 before halftime -- for a 31-6 lead.

Although Carroll was pleased to be able to substitute freely in the second half, he still cringed a bit as Hawaii began moving the ball late in the third quarter and again in the fourth.

"We suffered a little bit with every yard they picked up," he said.

Chang, who threw for 4,474 yards last year as a sophomore, went 32-of-54 for 306 yards, with two touchdowns. He threw two interceptions in what was his season debut; he sat out Hawaii's 40-17 opening win over Appalachian State because of an academic problem.

Chang said the Trojans lived up to their billing.

"They're as good as people say they are," he said. "They play hard in all phases."

The win was the Trojans' fifth in five games against Hawaii. They've outscored the Warriors 234-50 in the series that dates to their 52-0 win in 1930, the last time before Saturday that Hawaii had played in the Coliseum.

USC beat the Warriors 62-7 at Aloha Stadium in 1999, June Jones' debut as the Hawaii coach.

The Warriors didn't fare much better in the rematch.

"The defense played good at times, but missed a lot of tackles," Jones said. "Timmy Chang was sharp early. Toward the end, I kept him in to battle through the adversity. All in all, he did well."

Cornerback Ronald Nunn started the Trojans' outburst with a 38-yard fumble return for a touchdown 3:14 into the second quarter. After Hawaii's Justin Ayat kicked a 20-yard field goal, Bush scored on a 23-yard run 4:58 before halftime to make it 17-6, and Keary Colbert caught Leinart's 32-yard TD pass with 1:35 left.

The Trojans held the Warriors again and got the ball back on their own 36 with 1:05 left in the half. Leinart quickly took them down the field, hooking up with Mike Williams on a 33-yard scoring play with 29 seconds on the clock.

The first USC touchdown, Nunn's fumble return, came when Hawaii receiver Gerald Welch appeared to bobble the ball and then drop it, but it was ruled a completed pass and fumble.

"I got no clarification," Jones said. "Either he didn't have the ball and it's incomplete or he had the ball and lost it when his knee was down."

The second half was mostly mop-up time.

Bush scored on a 27-yard run, Jason Leach returned an interception off Chang 25 yards for another score, and White scored on a 5-yard run to open the 52-6 lead with 4:45 left in the third quarter.

Chang finally got the Warriors into the end zone with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chad Owens late in the third quarter. He threw a 14-yarder to Jeremiah Cockheran in the fourth.

White ran 21 yards in the fourth quarter for his second touchdown.

Ryan Killeen put the Trojans on the board with a 24-yard field goal midway through the first quarter after Hawaii had failed to pick up a first down on a fake punt at its own 46. Ayat kicked a 35-yarder to even it at 3 late in the period.

The Trojans' last loss was a 30-27 overtime defeat at Washington State on Oct. 5. Since then, they've scored 30 or more points 10 times, including a 38-17 Orange Bowl victory over Iowa.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HAW
USC
1st Downs2621
Total Yards462418
Passing399254
Rushing63164
Penalties7-655-41
3rd Down Conversions6-163-10
4th Down Conversions2-31-2
Turnovers32
Possession32:4327:17

Passing Leaders

HawaiiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Whieldon8/12937.820-
Chang32/543065.722-
USCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Leinart15/2122010.520-
Cassel2/3217.000-

Rushing Leaders

HawaiiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Keliikipi8577.1020
Brewster3248.0017
USCCARYDSAVGTDLG
White10585.8220
Bush9546.0227

Receiving Leaders

HawaiiRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cockheran1011711.7124
Owens10989.8230
USCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Colbert58617.2134
Williams37023.3133

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHAWUSC
FG7:51RYAN KILLEEN 24 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 39 yards.
03
FG1:18JUSTIN AYAT 35 YD FG
Drive info: 15 plays, 56 yards.
33
SECOND QUARTERHAWUSC
TD11:46RONALD NUNN 38 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)310
FG8:12JUSTIN AYAT 20 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 77 yards.
610
TD4:58REGGIE BUSH 23 YD RUN (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 57 yards.
617
TD1:35KEARY COLBERT 32 YD PASS FROM MATT LEINART (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 74 yards.
624
TD0:29MIKE WILLIAMS 33 YD PASS FROM MATT LEINART (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 64 yards.
631
THIRD QUARTERHAWUSC
TD10:43REGGIE BUSH 27 YD RUN (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yards.
638
TD5:28JASON LEACH 25 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)645
TD4:45LENDALE WHITE 5 YD RUN (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 4 yards.
652
TD1:25CHAD OWENS 5 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
1352
FOURTH QUARTERHAWUSC
TD8:59JEREMIAH COCKHERAN 14 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 71 yards.
2052
TD7:28LENDALE WHITE 20 YD RUN (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 42 yards.
2059
S7:15TUPULA (TRAVIS) TOFI SAFETY2061
TD1:41JASON RIVERS 14 YD PASS FROM JASON WHIELDON (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yards.
2661
TD0:00CHAD OWENS 22 YD PASS FROM JASON WHIELDON (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 59 yards.
3261