By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer  

There was still a little rust shown by USC but they pulled away to defeat San Jose State in its 2021 opener at Coliseum 30-7. 

Trojan QB Kendon Slovis completed 24 of 35 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns no interceptions. 

Tahj Washington had four catches including the most dramatic while in the endzone out leaping  San Jose DB and crashing to the ground holding on to the ball for a 29 yard TD. Washington finished the day with 4 receptions for 56 yards. 

Drake London hauled in 12 passes for 137 yards to lead all receivers. 

The offense was in the Red Zone three time and had to rely on kicker Parker Lewis who kicked field goals of 30,34 and 27 yards. 

“I think there are some things we can correct,” said head coach Clay Helton. To come out here, to be here in the Coliseum with these fans, with our students back. I don’t think I could be more happy than coming out with a 30-7. 

The defense had big time turnovers as DB Greg Johnson returned an interception 37 yards for as TD late in the game. 

Drake Jackson (99) preps for another play as veteran PAC-12 official Matt Barnes looks on. Jackson had an interception earlier in the contest. (Photo: Earl Heath)

Line backer Drake Jackson picked off a screen pass and retuned it 24 yards to help set up a score. “That was the defense, we’re suppose to hold our offense down.” said Trojan corner Chris Steel. “When they’re not necessarily doing what they think they should be doing.”  

Next up Stanford at the Coliseum this upcoming Saturday at 7:45pm. 

TROJAN NOTES: Legendary USC FB Sam Cunningham passed away this week we will have more on him next edition.