(14) USC 49

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Hawaii 36

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN

11:00 PM ET, September 2, 2010

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

1 2 3 4 T
#14USC 14 13 15 749
HAW 3 13 7 1336

Top Performers

Passing: M. Barkley (USC) - 257 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: M. Tyler (USC) - 17 CAR, 154 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Pilares (HAW) - 5 REC, 176 YDS, 3 TD

Matt Barkley, Ronald Johnson connect for 3 TDs in win over Hawaii

Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Southern California was all smiles, except for coach Lane Kiffin.

Matt Barkley and Ronald Johnson had record nights, connecting on three touchdowns to make Kiffin a winner in his Trojans' coaching debut. No. 14 USC beat Hawaii 49-36 on Thursday night to start the post-Pete Carroll era.

Barkley had 257 yards passing and tied a school record with five TD passes while Johnson matched a USC mark with his three TD catches. Johnson also returned a punt 89 yards for another score in USC's first game after being hit hard with sanctions by the NCAA that includes a postseason ban this season.

When asked how he was feeling after the inaugural win, Kiffin answered: "not very well."

"We didn't do it in the style that we wanted. We want to be tough, we want to be disciplined," he said. "I thought we were tough today. I thought that we played physical in parts of the game, but we weren't disciplined."

Besides big performances by Barkley and Johnson, Marc Tyler finished with 154 yards on 17 carries.

While his players racked up career numbers, Kiffin pointed to a different stat: 11 penalties for 100 yards.

"I'm really disappointed with everything in general, but more important than anything was the ([ack of] discipline," said the 35-year-old coach.

The players, however, were thrilled with the victory after going through a tumultuous offseason.

"It's huge for our whole team, for coach Kiffin, for the program, for all of the guys, it's big time," Barkley said. "It's awesome, but it's just a start."

Although USC's offense looked as potent as ever, the defense allowed Hawaii to hang in the game and showed some holes. The Trojans couldn't stop the Warriors, who gained 588 yards to USC's 524.

"Defensively, we didn't play very well, obviously," said Kiffin, who rejoined the program after a year with the University of Tennessee and 20 games with the NFL's Oakland Raiders. Before that, he served as a USC assistant for six seasons under Carroll, including the last two as offensive coordinator.

With USC's depleted roster, Hawaii coach Greg McMackin said he could tell the Trojans were "gassed," so the Warriors kept rotating in fresh players.

The problem was, USC's offense never tired out.

"We ended up winning the game, which was good, but obviously as you can see, we've got some depth concerns and issues," Kiffin said. "We're got a lot of work to do, which was obvious."

Kiffin raised some eyebrows early in the game when he decided to go for 2-point conversions after USC's first three touchdowns. One was successful.

He said when the first one failed, it put his team in a position of going for it again.

"I thought that if we had some good plays lined up, we'd be able to make it and we kind of kept going with that for a while and after the score was up to a certain number we went back to extra points," Kiffin said.

Barkley, who was spotty last year as a freshman starter, was sharp and efficient in the first game of his highly anticipated sophomore season. He completed his first seven passes and finished 18 of 23.

He became the fifth USC player to toss five TD passes in a game and the first since Mark Sanchez in 2008.

"It was a good start for Matt, five touchdowns passes and no interceptions," Kiffin said. "Ronald had four overall touchdowns, which was good to see and Marc, in his first start, got probably nine or 10 yards a carry.

"So we had some good things. We've got a long way to go, but the good thing is we didn't have any injuries and we're 1-0."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2531
Total Yards524588
3rd Down Conversions9-128-15
4th Down Conversions0-00-1

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD10:07David Ausberry 46 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 60
FG06:33Scott Enos 24 Yd 63
TD01:38Ronald Johnson 1 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Matt Barkley Pass To Ronald Johnson For Two-Point Conversion) 143
TD12:19Rhett Ellison 6 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 203
FG07:27Scott Enos 40 Yd 206
TD02:57Kealoha Pilares 56 Yd Pass From Bryant Moniz (Scott Enos Kick) 2013
TD01:06Ronald Johnson 13 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Joe Houston Kick) 2713
FG00:03Scott Enos 18 Yd 2716
TD07:17Ronald Johnson 89 Yd Punt Return (Joe Houston Kick) 3416
TD01:54Alex Green 1 Yd Run (Scott Enos Kick) 3423
TD00:27Ronald Johnson 3 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Mitch Mustain Run For Two-Point Conversion) 4223
TD06:48Kealoha Pilares 65 Yd Pass From Shane Austin (Scott Enos Kick) 4230
TD06:35Marc Tyler 44 Yd Run (Joe Houston Kick) 4930
TD03:52Kealoha Pilares 30 Yd Pass From Shane Austin (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 4936