Scores

Final

USC 50

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Arkansas 14

(0-1, 0-1 home)

8:45 PM ET, September 2, 2006

Razorback Stadium, FAYETTEVILLE, AR

1 2 3 4 T
USC 3 13 14 2050
ARK 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: J. Booty (USC) - 261 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: E. Moody (FLA) - 7 CAR, 58 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Powdrell (USC) - 4 REC, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Minus Bush and Leinart, USC still steamrolls Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- If this is what a rebuilding year looks like at Southern California, the rest of the country could be in big trouble.

John David Booty threw three touchdown passes in the second half, and the sixth-ranked Trojans rolled to a 50-14 win over Arkansas on Saturday night in their first game since Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart moved on to the NFL.

Spotlight:
USC offense vs. Arkansas defense
 USC Trojans
USC ran up 50 points and nearly 500 yards of total offense on Arkansas' defense Saturday night. But before anyone goes annointing John David Booty the next Matt Leinart, check out how USC's performance against the Razorbacks this season compares with how what the Trojans did against the Hogs in '05.
2005 2006
Points scored 70 50
TDs 10 6
Total yards 736 472
First downs 32 30
Penalties 2 7
"It's great," Booty said. "Some people have doubted us -- didn't know really what we had. To be able to come out tonight and score 50 points -- I thought our offensive line and our running backs did a great job."

USC beat Arkansas 70-17 last year, but was expected to slip a bit without Leinart and Bush, the 2004 and 2005 Heisman Trophy winners. Instead, the Trojans exceeded the 49 points per game they averaged last season.

USC needed a little help getting started, and the Razorbacks provided it with five turnovers -- three while the game was still in doubt.

Most consecutive games
scoring 20+ points
Games School Years
53 USC 2002-present
37 Virginia Tech 1998-01
37 Boise State 2002-04
36 Kansas State 2002-05
33 Florida 1995-97
31 UCLA 1996-99
"We can't give a team of their caliber that many opportunities," Arkansas quarterback Robert Johnson said.

Arkansas running back Felix Jones fumbled three times in the first half, and USC recovered two of them. Kevin Thomas returned Jones' last fumble 12 yards to the Arkansas 3. After an incompletion, freshman C.J. Gable ran for a touchdown to give USC a 10-0 lead.

The Trojans led 16-7 at halftime, and Terrell Thomas' interception early in the third quarter gave USC the ball at the Arkansas 28. Booty's 14-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Turner made it 23-7.

USC has won 46 of its last 48 games. The Trojans went 12-1 last year, just missing an unprecedented third straight national title when they lost to Texas 41-38.

Last year, the Trojans scored four touchdowns in their first eight plays against Arkansas. USC didn't strike as quickly this time, but had no trouble controlling the ball against the Razorbacks, keeping it for 35:19.

Booty went 24-of-35 for 261 yards and made few mistakes as he began the difficult challenge of replacing Leinart at quarterback.

"I thought he handled himself beautifully," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "Got us off to a terrific start."

USC finally went on an extended touchdown drive toward the end of the third quarter. The Trojans moved 80 yards in 11 plays, and Booty found Fred Davis in the back corner of the end zone for a 9-yard score.

Darren McFadden had nine carries for 42 yards for Arkansas. McFadden, last year's Southeastern Conference freshman of the year, dislocated his toe in late July in a fight outside a Little Rock club. His status had been uncertain, but he was on the field for the Razorbacks' first play from scrimmage.

"It's a little sore, but it's all right," said McFadden, who said he felt about 80 to 85 percent.

Johnson went 12-of-25 for 110 yards with two interceptions. He completed seven consecutive passes on a second-quarter drive -- one he finished with a 1-yard touchdown run.

But aside from that, the Razorbacks struggled to move the ball against a USC defense looking to improve on an inconsistent year, capped by a poor showing against Texas in the Rose Bowl.

Prized freshman Mitch Mustain entered at quarterback for Arkansas in the fourth quarter to a warm ovation from the crowd. He immediately drove the Razorbacks downfield and scored on a 4-yard run to make it 44-14, but he threw an interception on Arkansas' next possession.

"It was a lot of fun," Mustain said. "The stuff that I ran was stuff I was pretty familiar with."

Mustain was one of the most touted recruits ever to come out of Arkansas. He played in high school at Springdale, which is about 20 minutes from Fayetteville. The Razorbacks hired Gus Malzahn, Mustain's coach at Springdale, as offensive coordinator in December.

USC also showcased some of its younger players. For the first time, Tailback U started a true freshman at that position in a season opener. Gable began the game in the backfield and ran for 51 yards.

Freshman Emmanuel Moody scored on a 9-yard run to make it 44-7, and freshman Allen Bradford added a 1-yard run for the Trojans' final touchdown. Moody finished with 58 yards on seven carries.

"With the three young tailbacks all getting touchdowns, that's pretty cool," Carroll said.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt lost for the first time in nine season openers with the Razorbacks.

The crowd of 76,564 set a record for Arkansas' Fayetteville stadium.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USC
ARK
1st Downs2716
Total Yards472287
Passing280157
Rushing192130
Penalties7-504-40
3rd Down Conversions7-142-10
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers05
Possession35:1924:41

Passing Leaders

USCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Booty24/352617.530-
Sanchez1/2199.500-
ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Mustain4/6477.801-
Johnson12/251104.402-

Rushing Leaders

USCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Moody7588.3124
Washington8556.9016
ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones7486.9024
McFadden9424.7017

Receiving Leaders

USCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith56713.4022
Davis55911.8125
ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams46115.3042
Monk44411.0020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSCARK
FG10:24MARIO DANELO 35 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 28 yards.
30
SECOND QUARTERUSCARK
TD13:12C.J. GABLE 3 YD RUN (MARIO DANELO KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 3 yards.
100
FG7:41MARIO DANELO 38 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 29 yards.
130
TD2:23ROBERT JOHNSON 1 YD RUN (STEPHEN ARNOLD KICK)
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yards.
137
FG0:00MARIO DANELO 44 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 44 yards.
167
THIRD QUARTERUSCARK
TD9:24PATRICK TURNER 14 YD PASS FROM JOHN DAVID BOOTY (MARIO DANELO KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 28 yards.
237
TD2:55FRED DAVIS 9 YD PASS FROM JOHN DAVID BOOTY (MARIO DANELO KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.
307
FOURTH QUARTERUSCARK
TD12:29RYAN POWDRELL 1 YD PASS FROM JOHN DAVID BOOTY (MARIO DANELO KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 73 yards.
377
TD10:00EMMANUEL MOODY 9 YD RUN (MARIO DANELO KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 31 yards.
447
TD8:21MITCH MUSTAIN 4 YD RUN (STEPHEN ARNOLD KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards.
4414
TD1:42ALLEN BRADFORD 1 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 26 yards.
5014