Boxscore
Southern California 19, Minnesota 17
Saturday, September 3, 2011 3:30 PM
Location - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Attendance - 68273

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Minnesota 0 3 7 7 17
Southern California 6 13 0 0 19

Recap


Matt Barkley completed 34-of-45 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns as host USC held off Minnesota, 19-17, Saturday afternoon.

Barkley threw all three of his touchdown passes to Robert Woods, who finished with a school-record 17 catches for 177 yards.

The win was the 14th straight in a season opener for USC, which is serving the second of a two-year postseason ban, the result of infractions committed under former coach Pete Carroll.

The Trojans also defeated Minnesota for the fifth straight time, but not before the Golden Gophers made things interesting in the second half.

Trailing 19-3 at halftime, Minnesota scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to pull within 19-17 with 8:03 left in the fourth quarter. Duane Bennett had a 9-yard third-quarter touchdown run and Brandon Green reeled in a 12-yard pass from Max Shortell midway through the fourth.

After forcing a punt, Minnesota had one last chance to win, but its final drive ended when Torin Harris intercepted a Shortell pass near midfield with 53 seconds left.

The loss spoiled the debut of new Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill, who took over in the offseason after a three-year run at Northern Illinois.

Minnesota, a sizable underdog, certainly had its chances.

The Gophers failed to convert on two first-half field goal attempts, one of which was blocked on their opening drive. The Trojans scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession.  

USC running back D.J. Morgan, filling in for the suspended Marc Tyler, finished with 70 rushing yards on 18 carries.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 5:52
Southern California   TD  Southern California 6 - Minnesota 0
2nd Quarter - 9:25
Southern California   TD  Southern California 12 - Minnesota 0
2nd Quarter - 4:07
Minnesota   FG  Southern California 12 - Minnesota 3
2nd Quarter - 0:49
Southern California   TD  Southern California 19 - Minnesota 3
3rd Quarter - 9:37
Minnesota   TD  Southern California 19 - Minnesota 10
4th Quarter - 8:03
Minnesota   TD  Southern California 19 - Minnesota 17
TEAMS

Team Records

  Minnesota Southern California
W/L 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Minnesota Southern California
Score 17 19
First Downs 20 24
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-14
43%
6-for-12
50%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
0-for-2
0%
Total Yards 302 371
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 34-110 28-67
Average/Rush 3.2 2.4
Passing
Comp-Att 14-26 34-45
Passing Yards 192 304
Average/Pass Play 6.6 6.8
Penalties-Yards 8-44 8-75
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 27:16 32:44

PLAYER STATS

Minnesota (0 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Shortell 7/13 98 1 1
M. Gray 7/12 94 0 0
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Barkley 34/45 304 3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Bennett 15 53 3.5 1
M. Gray 16 47 2.9 0
M. Shortell 2 10 5.0 0
L. Edwards 1 0 0.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Morgan 18 70 3.9 0
C. McNeal 6 33 5.5 0
R. Woods 1 -2 -2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Jones 3 51 17.0 0
M. Moulton 4 51 12.8 0
D. McKnight 4 48 12.0 0
E. Lair 2 30 15.0 0
B. Green 1 12 12.0 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Woods 17 177 10.4 3
M. Lee 5 32 6.4 0
B. Butler 3 27 9.0 0
B. Carswell 2 23 11.5 0
R. Ellison 3 22 7.3 0
R. Telfer 2 19 9.5 0
D. Baxter 1 3 3.0 0
X. Grimble 1 1 1.0 0
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