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USC Defense Outshines The Offense Securing A 43-28 Victory

Photo Credit: Marja Baker

Los Angeles, CA—-The USC Trojans’ defense showcased its strength with four interceptions during the spring game, securing a 43-28 victory over the offense in Lincoln Riley’s third spring football game at USC on Saturday.

Riley commented, “It was an enjoyable day with intense competition. Defensively, we witnessed glimpses of what we’ve been working on in practice. Creating turnovers was the standout moment of the day for the defense.”

The scoring system favored the defense, granting them a 24-0 lead initially and rewarding additional points for turnovers, fourth down stops, and defensive touchdowns.

During the televised scrimmage, all three Trojan quarterbacks – Miller Moss, Jayden Maiava, and Jake Jensen – saw playing time.

Sophomore WR Makai Lemon caught the eye with 6 receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown, while freshman RB Bryan Jackson displayed his talent with a team-leading 10 carries for 13 yards and a touchdown.

Photo Credit: Marja Baker

On the defensive side, LB Elijah Newby and CB Maliki Crawford led with 5 tackles each, with DL Deijon Laffitte securing a sack. Interceptions by CBs Nicholson, Crawford, and freshman Marcelles Williams showcased the defense’s dominance.

Despite the interceptions, Riley expressed faith in the quarterbacks, highlighting the defense’s progress.

Though the offense found the endzone late in the first half and again in the second half, the defense maintained its strong performance, notably with CB Prophet Brown’s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Riley concluded the spring game by acknowledging the team’s growth and positive atmosphere, setting hopeful expectations for the upcoming season.