USC Trojans Use Potent Rushing Attack In Road Victory Over Colorado Buffaloes

By Joseph Lisi
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The USC Trojans kept the momentum rolling on Saturday night in Boulder, CO and won their fifth straight game against their PAC-12 rival, the Colorado Buffaloes. Any fear that the Trojans would suffer a letdown after their upset victory over no. 4 Stanford two weeks ago were put to rest behind the Trojans’ explosive ground attack in the decisive 49-27 victory.

USC’s offensive line pounded the Buffaloes’ defensive front as the Trojans used a 10-play, 71-yard drive to open the scoring and take the 7-0 lead. The Trojans were able to wear down the Buffaloes and control the line of scrimmage by moving the chains and forcing Colorado to load up in the box. USC was able to control the clock and kept Buffaloes’ offense off the field. The Trojans maintained the time of possession edge, holding the ball for 33:24.

The Trojans accumulated 449 total yards on the evening, with 243 yards coming on the ground. The Trojans did most of their damage in the second half, accumulating 200 yards rushing and holding a 37-7 lead heading into the start of the fourth quarter. USC averaged 5.9 yards per carry, and the success of the running game (41 rushes) allowed quarterback Cody Kessler to utilize the play-action passing game to find wide open receivers in the second half.

Running back Javorius Allen was the star of the game offensively. The sophomore scampered for 145 yards on 21 carries (6.9 yards per carry) and had three touchdowns. Allen’s ability to carry the rock allowed head coach Ed Orgeron and the offensive coaching staff to work in younger players that will help the Trojans build depth.

USC’s offense has started to gel at just the right time of the season as the team heads into their regular season finale against cross-town rival the UCLA Bruins on November 30. The victory moved the Trojans to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the PAC-12.

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