Fresno State Falls to Kessler, USC 52-13
    Quarterback Brian Burrell was 11 for 19 passing.
    Quarterback Brian Burrell was 11 for 19 passing.
    Aug. 30, 2014

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tailback Marteze Waller scored two touchdowns for the Bulldogs, but No. 15 USC beat Fresno State 52-13 in Los Angeles on Saturday.

    Cody Kessler threw for 394 yards and four touchdowns in Steve Sarkisian's debut as the Trojans' head coach.

    Waller scored both touchdowns for the Bulldogs. He finished with 97 yards on 16 carries.

    The Trojans ran a school- and Pac-12 record 105 plays while racking up 37 first downs and 702 yards of total offense to Fresno State's 16 first downs and 315 yards.

    Fresno State alternated quarterbacks Brian Burrell and Duke transfer Brandon Connette. Burrell was 11 of 19 with one interception and was the more productive of the two.

    In all, 10 different Trojans caught passes in Sarkisian's up-tempo offense.

    For the Bulldogs, the loss was their third straight in the series to USC.

    The Trojans scored early and kept going, with Nelson Agholor leading the way with two first-half touchdown grabs.

    Freshmen played a prominent part in the game as tight end Bryce Dixon and two-way player Adoree Jackson each had TD catches. Freshman JuJu Smith had four catches for 123 yards.

    Tailback Javorius Allen led the USC ground attack with 133 yards on 22 carries, including a nine-yard scoring run. Justin Davis added 30 yards on 12 carries.


     

     

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