September 16, 2007

Inside the Game: The O-Line Shines

Questions regarding the USC offensive line began to emerge during fall camp, including depth concerns and injuries to three of the five starters.

Looking for a chance to prove themselves, true freshman center Kristofer O'Dowd and his fellow linemen made a statement on Saturday by pounding the Huskers into submission.

It didn't take long for the line to inflict their will on Nebraska. After being pinned back at their own four yard line for their first possession, John David Booty handed off to fullback Stanley Havili, who busted through the hole for 50 yards.

"It was awesome," Havili said after the game. I didn't think anybody knew I was going to get the ball, but I got the ball and the offensive line did their job, opened some holes and I broke out."

The running didn't stop with Havili. USC ended up with 313 yards on the ground, including a career high 144 yards on 11 carries for Stafon Johnson.

"It is such a cool thing for offensive linemen, that is their favorite thing in the whole world to be challenged and come through," Carroll said. "There were some colossal holes there, one guy averaged 17 and the other guy averaged 13. That's ridiculous."

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