USC does not allow live scrimmage updates, which is probably good because tonight’s effort was sloppy and about as uncrisp as the offense could look at times. There were at least 15 penalties in the 98-play scrimmage and the vaunted no-huddle often took more than 20 seconds between plays, not the 10-13 Steve Sarkisian set as a goal.
Here’s the unofficial passing stats: Cody Kessler was 14 of 20 for 144 yards with one interception and two touchdowns. Max Browne was 10 of 17 for 191 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Jalen Greene did not play because of a pulled stomach muscle. One highlight was Andre Heidari’s 56-yard field goal but there were also several bad snaps. Field-goal snapper Zach Smith was sick and did not play.
Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was held out. Juju Smith was one of the better players with a TD catch and a leaping sideline catch for 22 yards. Max Browne’s first pass was intercepted by Chris Hawkins, who promptly received a penalty for spiking the ball.
Browne threw an 80-yard TD pass to a wide-open Victor Blackwell, who got behind the secondary. Blackwell then got a penalty for tossing the ball to defensive back Devian Shelton, who was lying in the end zone after the play.
There was a busted play where Cody Kessler looked like he was going to run and then got knocked over an fell face down like he was hurt. But Steve Sarkisian said it was only a bruised ego and Kessler was fine.
Kessler threw a 14-yard TD pass to Blackwell and a 9-yard TD pass to Smith. Browne’s second TD pass to walk-on David Mellstrom.
Heidari’s 56-yard field goal was interesting because the offense and defense each committed penalties. A false start pushed the ball back five yards after Heidari hit a 51-yarder and then the defense was offsides on his 56-yarder.
The other interception was by safety Gerald Bowman, who caught it after Kessler’s pass was tipped by an offensive player. Sarkisian said after the game that freshman offensive lineman Jordan Austin underwent hip surgery and would miss the season. He will eventually undergo surgery on the other hip.