Sep 22, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans tailback Silas Redd (25) is pursued by California Golden Bears safety Josh Hill (23) and linebacker Robert Mullins (37) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated California 27-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Trojans Win Again, But Also Hurt Again, Against Cal

USC ensured it wouldn't make it two losses in a row, but the Trojans suffered a number of potentially crucial injuries against Cal.

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USC Vs. California 2012 Highlights Video: Matt Barkley, Trojans Rebound

Matt Barkley, Silas Redd, and the USC Trojans managed a nice bounceback performance in a 27-9 victory over the California Golden Bears.


USC Vs. Cal Final Score: Trojans Run At Will In 27-9 Win

The USC Trojans running backs were let loose and took full advantage of their opportunities in the team's 27-9 win over the California Golden Bears Saturday, giving the Trojans a rebound win after being upset last week. The major concern going forward, however, will be the health of center Khaled Holmes, who was hurt again.

Curtis McNeal starred in the first half for the Trojans and finished the game with 115 rushing yards in just ten carries. The senior running back did have a turnover, though, as McNeal put a ball on the turf in the third quarter that was recovered by the Golden Bears. Meanwhile, Silas Redd took 21 carries for 158 rushing yards and found the end zone once.

However, Trojans star quarterback Matt Barkley did not perform as well as he could have. The senior quarterback completed 22 of 34 passes while throwing for just 192 yards. While he did have two touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter, he was also at fault for a pair of interceptions.

Outside of three field goals by Golden Bears kicker Vincenzo D'Amato, not much went right for the California Golden Bears offense.

Box Score Hero: Trojans running back Curtis McNeal accumulated 115 yards on the ground in just ten carries, good for an average of 11.5 yards per carry.

Rankings Ramifications: The California Golden Bears will remain unranked and the USC Trojans may improve slightly in the rankings following their home win. But that will depend on the teams ahead of them suffering losses.

But Did They Cover? The Trojans opened as 17-point favorites and were bet down to as low as 16 or 16.5-point favorites. Since they won the game by 18 points, the Trojans were able to cover.

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Next Week's Schedule: Now 3-1 on the season, the Trojans will prepare to take on the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 4. Meanwhile, the Golden Bears will look to recover Saturday, Sept. 29 against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Memorial Stadium.

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Khaled Holmes Injury Update: USC Center Hurt Again

USC Trojans starting center Khaled Holmes suffered an injury in the fourth quarter during Saturday's game against the California Golden Bears. The star center appeared to re-aggravate his right ankle injury and needed assistance to leave the field. Holmes was originally injured in a matinee against the Syracuse Orange a few weeks ago.

In his place, the Trojans summoned Abe Markowitz to replace Holmes, one of USC's four team captains, as the team's center. Holmes was later seen with ice wrapped around his right ankle.

Unfortunately for the Trojans, the injury appeared to be a serious one as the 22-year-old center was on the ground in pain and needed to be carted off. For the Trojans, the injury to Holmes will certainly be a huge loss. Holmes is not only the team's best offensive lineman, but he is a leader on and off the field for the team while also being in charge of protection schemes.

Holmes is projected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, but has now injured his right ankle twice this season. The 6'4", 305-pound senior is an All-American candidate at center. The star lineman is also a top candidate for the Rimington Trophy and the Outland Trophy.

For more news and notes on the USC Trojans, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.


USC Linebacker Hayes Pullard Injured, Back In Locker Room

USC Trojans starting linebacker Hayes Pullard appears to have suffered an injury during the third quarter of Saturday's game against the California Golden Bears. Pullard, arguably the team's top linebacker, has his shoulder pads off and and is walking back to the locker room, the team has announced.

The extent of the injury to Pullard is currently unknown. If he is unable to finish this game or is slated to miss extended time, it would be a crushing blow to the Trojans defensive unit.

The 6-foot-1, 235 pound sophomore linebacker is one of USC's top defensive players. The 20-year-old Pullard is a local product and has recorded 25 tackles in four games this season. He also snagged an interception which he took for a touchdown.

To replace Pullard, at least for the short-term, the Trojans summoned Anthony Sarao. A freshman, Sarao is a 6'0", 215-pound linebacker and has recorded six tackles and one sack so far this season.

For more news and notes on the USC Trojans, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.


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