(AP) - It was all Southern California Trojans, who turned the most anticipated September college football game in years into a mismatch.
Mark Sanchez threw four touchdown passes, Joe McKnight rushed for 105 yards on 12 carries, and the top-ranked Trojans crushed fifth-ranked Ohio State 35-3 in a matchup of 2 of college football's most successful programs. After allowing an early Ohio State field goal, the Trojans scored 35 unanswered points.
Ohio State played without star tailback Chris "Beanie" Wells, sidelined with an injured right foot. But moving the ball wasn't the Buckeyes' biggest problem. Instead, they were done in by a handful of crucial mistakes.
A holding penalty nullified a touchdown in the second quarter, and an errant throw by Todd Boeckman was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Rey Maualuga.
The Trojans have won the last six matchups against the Buckeyes. Ohio State's last win in this series came in the 1974 Rose Bowl. Southern Cal has won 12 straight non-conference home games.
The Trojans have won 39 of their last 40 games at the L.A. Coliseum.
Source: The Associated Press |