Hav­ili takes on a big­ger role

Los Angeles Times - - Usc Game Report - Gary Klein re­port­ing from pull­man, wash. gary.klein@latimes.com

Af­ter sel­dom get­ting the ball in USC’s first three games, se­nior full­back Stan­ley Hav­ili took on a big role in the No. 20 Tro­jans’ 50-16 vic­tory Satur­day over Washington State.

On USC’s first of­fen­sive play, Hav­ili erased a 7-0 deficit by tak­ing a hand­off and break­ing mul­ti­ple tack­les en route to a 59-yard touch­down. He also scored the Tro­jans’ fi­nal touch­down on a 22-yard pass from backup quar­ter­back Mitch Mus­tain.

Hav­ili, who had a com­bined six touches against Hawaii, Vir­ginia and Min­nesota, rushed four times for 80 yards and caught five passes for 107 yards against the Cougars.

“It feels re­ally good to touch the ball,” he said.

Robey re­bounds

Fresh­man cor­ner­back Nick­ell Robey gave up a 29yard touch­down pass on the first se­ries when Washington State re­ceiver Jared

Karstet­ter got be­hind him in the end zone and hauled in a ball thrown by Cougars re­ceiver Jef­frey Solomon.

But two plays af­ter Hav­ili tied the score, Robey stepped in front of Washington re­ceiver Mar­quess Wil­son, in­ter­cepted a pass thrown by Cougars quar­ter­back Jeff Tuel and re­turned it 25 yards for a touch­down.

It was the first of Robey’s two in­ter­cep­tions in the game and of his col­le­giate ca­reer.

“When [Tuel] checked out of the play, I knew what was com­ing,” Robey said. “I pretty much an­tic­i­pated it and jumped the route.”

Coach Lane Kif­fin said he was not sur­prised by the re­siliency of Robey, who has con­trib­uted im­me­di­ately de­spite the death of his mother in Fe­bru­ary and his move across the coun­try to Los An­ge­les.

Barkley not sat­is­fied

Quar­ter­back Matt Barkley com­pleted 16 of 25 passes for 290 yards and three touch­downs, but he also had two passes in­ter­cepted for the sec­ond game in a row.

“I’m happy with how we did as an of­fense, but those picks def­i­nitely tar­nish what hap­pened through­out the game,” said Barkley, who has passed for 12 touch­downs with four in­ter­cep­tions.

Kif­fin said he did not con­sider re­plac­ing Barkley af­ter the sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion.

“I don’t be­lieve you can pull your quar­ter­back like that be­cause then he’s not learn­ing from it, and he’s sit­ting there and then all of a sud­den where are you go­ing from there?” Kif­fin said. “You need to let them fight through those things and hope­fully as he fights through his mis­takes you can still win games, which we were able to do.”

In­jury re­port

De­fen­sive end Wes Hor­ton blocked a punt and also had a sack be­fore leav­ing the game late in the third quar­ter af­ter fel­low end Nick

Perry ac­ci­den­tally leg-whipped him.

Hor­ton said he would have X-rays Satur­day night when the Tro­jans re­turned to Los An­ge­les. De­fen­sive line­man Ar­mond Arm­stead was held out of the game be­cause of a shoul­der sprain suf­fered last week at Min­nesota. He is ex­pected to play against Washington.

Cougar coun­try

Washington State Coach

Paul Wulff said he had his team op­er­ate out of a spread of­fense sim­i­lar to Hawaii’s.

It was ef­fec­tive at times, but the Tro­jans ad­justed and gave up only three sec­ond-half points.

“We missed some open touch­downs with some mis­thrown balls, from an ac­cu­racy stand­point,” Wulff said. “We had op­por­tu­ni­ties but didn’t con­vert enough.”

Tuel was 24 of 37 for 222 yards and a touch­down with three in­ter­cep­tions.

Quick hits

Fresh­man Robert Woods and third-year sopho­more

Brice But­ler caught their first touch­down passes of the sea­son…. Mus­tain was four of five for 38 yards. He also rushed for a two-point con­ver­sion.


Dean Hare

Stan­ley Hav­ili rushed for 80 yards and caught five passes.

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