The No. 9 Southern California Trojans (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10) built a
big lead early and went on to a 44-21 victory over Stanford (2-2,
0-2) on Saturday night.
"Everything was clicking -- the run, the pass. It was real good
to see that," said Leinart, who threw Williams three touchdown
passes as USC built a 41-14 halftime lead.
White ran for two TDs during the outburst.
"I like the way the offense is moving the ball," coach Pete
Carroll said. "We're running it well, and I'm really pleased with
He should be.
The Trojans had 249 yards passing and 164 rushing for 413 total
yards in the first half alone, while holding Stanford to 91 yards.
Playing conservatively and sticking to the ground most of the
second half, USC finished with 493 yards to Stanford's 242.
"They dominated us thoroughly," Stanford coach Buddy Teevens
said. "We missed a lot of tackles we should have made. We did not
cover Williams as well as we should have. But then again, how can
you cover him?"
Leinart and Williams hooked up on scoring passes of 40, 18 and 3
"That Mike Williams, he had a beautiful game," Carroll said
after Williams, a sophomore, caught the 21st touchdown pass of his
White, a powerful 6-foot-2, 225-pound freshman, scored on runs
of 6 and 3 yards as the Trojans took command.
John David Booty, an 18-year-old freshman quarterback who
skipped his senior season of high school in Shreveport, La., to
come to USC, made his college debut early in the fourth quarter.
Booty finished 1-of-4 for 13 yards.
Leinart, picking the Stanford secondary apart, went 18-of-27 for
260 yards and the three touchdowns. Williams had seven catches for
129 yards, all in the first half. White carried 23 times for 108
Southern California's defense was just as impressive. Kenechi
Udeze led the way with three sacks and two forced fumbles.
"I thought that all four of us (the defensive line) did a good
job to get to the quarterback," Udeze said.
Williams' touchdowns came on a variety of receptions. On the
40-yard scoring play, he sprinted down on a post pattern, sliced in
front of a pair of defenders, caught the ball in stride and headed
untouched to the end zone to give USC a 20-0 lead early in the
Just 2:29 later, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Williams caught a pass
between two defenders in the end zone. With 23 seconds left in the
half, Williams feinted outside, cut across the middle and had a
half-step on the defender as Leinart again threw right on target
for the 3-yard TD.
By halftime, Leinart was 16-of-23 for 249 yards, with Williams
accounting for 129 of those yards. Keary Colbert had five
receptions for 87 yards by halftime and finished with six for 90
White scored the Trojans' first touchdown on a tackle-breaking
6-yard run late in the first quarter. Earlier, Ryan Killeen kicked
the first two of his three field goals.
After falling behind 27-0, the Cardinal scored twice during a
10-second span five minutes into the second quarter. David Marrero
ran 15 yards to score on a drive started by Nick Sebes' 51-yard
kickoff return and helped by a personal foul penalty against USC on
the play before Marrero's touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, Stanford's Oshiomogho Atogwe ripped the
ball out of the grasp of USC returner Marcell Allmond and ran 22
yards to score.
The Trojans pulled away again on White's 3-yard TD run and
Leinart's short scoring pass to Williams.
Stanford didn't score again until there were 22 seconds left to