September 23, 2007

Throwing game is no passing fancy

Inside the game

Thirteen plays. Eleven passes. Ten completions. Six receivers. Five minutes.

That's all USC needed on Saturday night to tell Washington State and future Trojan opponents: "You think you can game plan for us? We'd like to see you try."

A week after the Trojans took to the ground at Nebraska, running over the Cornhuskers for 306 yards and 7.8 per carry, they launched an aerial assault of startling efficiency, in a 47-14 victory against the Cougars, to begin Pac-10 play.

John David Booty completed 80 percent of his passes (28-of-35) for 279 yards four touchdowns and an interception.

"This was an approach that we put together earlier in the week, because of the emphasis of what happened last week," coach Pete Carroll said. "If they were going to load up the running game again this week, we were going to try to make them pay for it and hopefully even them up.

"And we'd be able to balance our attack up and do whatever we want."

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