PHOTO: Coastal Resilience Work on Absecon Island

first_imgPhoto by Mark Nedzbala, USACEThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic District’s Business Technical Division recently led a team that reviewed the design and construction involved with Philadelphia District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ current coastal resilience work on Absecon Island, New Jersey.Team members also included their colleagues from New York and New England Districts, according to the official announcement.The Absecon Island coastal scheme is one of several along the New Jersey coastline being funded by $1.2 billion appropriated by Congress to rebuild and strengthen the state’s beaches following Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.The visit started and ended at the Philly District offices at The Wanamaker Office Building, but team members also got out to an active construction site associated with the project.Photo by Mark Nedzbala, USACElast_img

Reach Charters New Subsea Vessel for Joint Projects with MMT

first_imgReach Subsea has entered into a charter agreement with Topaz Energy and Marine for the newbuild subsea vessel Topaz Tiamat for two and a half years, with three yearly options.Topaz Tiamat will be deployed as a part of the co-operation agreement between Reach and MMT, who have been awarded several frame agreements over the last year for survey, IMR and light construction works in the oil and gas and renewable sectors.The commercial terms of the charter agreement are confidential between the parties, but are structured in a way that enables Reach and MMT to offer a competitive subsea service to their clients for the next 5.5 year period, Reach Subsea said.The Topaz Tiamat is a 1,000m² diesel-electric light subsea construction vessel with 82 pax accommodation in comfort class 3, equipped with an AHC 120-tonne subsea construction crane.The Topaz Tiamat will be mobilized during Q1 2019 with ROVs from within the current Reach ROV fleet.Jostein Alendal, CEO of Reach said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer a next generation subsea spread to our clients, an energy efficient vessel that fits nicely into our focus markets. The Topaz Tiamat is the first vessel chartered from Topaz, but based on their professionalism and proactive approach, we believe this will be the start of a successful and productive cooperation going forward.” Rene Kofod-Olsen, CEO of Topaz Energy and Marine said: “The Tiamat and Tangaroa, designed with, and built by, VARD Norway, set new benchmarks in efficiency, operability and cost-competitiveness. These vessels, along with Topaz’s agile commercial mindset and reliability as a counterparty, have allowed us to forge a new long-term partnership with a strong subsea partner like Reach Subsea and we look forward to continue finding innovative ways of serving the offshore energy industry together.”last_img read more

Woodruff too tough for IMCA Modified foes at 34

first_imgBlake Woodruff won his first IMCA Modified feature of the season on Saturday at 34 Raceway. (Photo by D & M Racing Photography)By Brian NealWEST Burlington, Iowa (May 13) – After getting the lead back on the sixth circuit, Blake Woodruff stayed in front the rest of the way and won the Victory Lane Suspensions IMCA Modified feature at 34 Raceway.The Saturday checkers were Woodruff’s first of the season at West Burlington.Woodruff drew the pole and surrendered the lead to Dennis LaVeine following an early restart. He re­turned the favor three laps later and went on to get the victory ahead of LaVeine and Bill Rob­erts Jr.Tenth starting John Oliver Jr. topped the Pepsi IMCA Stock Car feature field for the second time this season and Austen Becerra won a second straight Casebine Credit Union IMCA Northern SportMod feature.last_img

Fer won’t give up hope

first_imgQPR’s survival hopes look bleak but Leroy Fer has promised the players will fight until the last. “We have to do everything to try to win the game,” the Holland international said. “It is not over until you are down. We must try to win the game. “We also have to do everything we can not to concede an early goal because if they do that, they can just play around you and score more.” It is not just early goals QPR have to worry about, given they have dropped points late in five of the 12 matches Chris Ramsey has been in charge. Harry Redknapp’s successor has lost eight of those matches, yet Fer has echoed a number of his team-mates in backing the former Tottenham coach to stay on. “We have been close, but at the end you have lost the game and that is the frustration,” Fer told the club’s official website, “If we could have just won a few of those games, it would be very different for us right now. “Chris has been a good presence for us, and has been unlucky. When he stepped in, I feel he made us play better. He has done a good job, but like I said, we have been unlucky.” “They are a strong side and they have their form back, so it will be a hard game but we are fighting for something and will do our best to win the points.” This has been a difficult return to the Premier League and one which looks like being all too brief for the west London club. Defeat at Manchester City will seal an immediate return to the Championship with two games to spare – a fate Fer is determined to avoid, having dropped out of the top flight with Norwich last term. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Guyana Softball Cup 7 bowls off today – 22 matches billed for today

first_imgGUYANA Softball Cup 7 bowls off today with 22 matches at five venues across Georgetown from 09:30hrs in both the Open and Masters Categories.Matches will be played at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground, Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Police, Malteenoes and GDF grounds.The second round of 11 matches will start at 13:30hrs at the same venues.On Saturday, the final set of preliminary games will be played along with the semi- finals.On the final day, November 5, action will bowl off at 10:00hrs with the female 10/10 final, followed by the final of the Under-13 20/20 hardball competition between Blairmont and GCC at 11:45hrs. The Masters final will start at 15:00hrs and the Open final at 18:00hrs.The champion team in the Open category will receive $800,000, while winner of the Masters division is assured of $600,000. Player-of-the-Series in both categories will each receive a gold bat pendant, sponsored by Steve’s JewelleryIn 2016, Speedboat XI pulled off a massive upset by dethroning defending champions Regal All-Stars to win the Open segment, while Floodlights XI outplayed Fishermen XI to win the Masters category.last_img read more

Yee-haw! UWs shoot it out for WNIT title

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoNov. 10 seems like a lifetime ago. That was the day the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team defeated Air Force — which later finished the season at the bottom of the Mountain West Conference — in the regular season debut. Now only one team stands in the Badgers’ way of a WNIT championship: the Wyoming Cowgirls, also from the Mountain West.How fitting.Unfortunately for UW head coach Lisa Stone’s squad, though, they will have to take their 18-3 home record westward to Laramie, Wyo. in front of an already sold-out crowd of about 15,000.The Cowgirls are 15-1 in their home gym this season.”It’s going to be a test of toughness for us,” Stone said. “Mental toughness. We’ve got to go in there, play well, compete, and play like we can play.”Wyoming is led by junior forward Hannah Zavecz, who dropped 28 points in the Cowgirls’ triple overtime victory over Kansas State (a team the Badgers beat 56-53 Nov. 24) in the WNIT semifinals Wednesday night. Zavecz averages 14 points per game and shoots better than 41 percent from 3-point range.Wyoming has two other starters who average in double figures, junior forward Justyna Podziemska and junior guard Jodi Bolerjack, who tally 13.0 and 11.5 points per game, respectively.Stone described Wyoming as a mix between Villanova and UW-Green Bay — a team that defeated the Badgers back on Dec. 13 — because they wind the shot clock down on most possessions and spread the floor on offense.Stone said they’re up for the task.”We’re a lot better than we were [when we played UW-Green Bay],” Stone said. “We’ve got to get to the weak side, pressure the basketball, deny initial passes and defend the drive.”UW freshman forward Mariah Dunham doesn’t think the triple overtime marathon will affect the hosts Saturday.”It doesn’t matter during tournament time,” Dunham said. “Everyone comes out to play.”The Badgers are a little banged up themselves, with leading scorer Jolene Anderson battling a right hip contusion she suffered Wednesday night in the victory over Western Kentucky. Despite feeling quite sore Thursday morning, she assured the media that she would be ready to go come Saturday.Anderson is eight points shy of tying the WNIT record for most points in a single tournament.Fellow backcourt mate Janese Banks knows her team will bring it’s A-game, despite not having played a true road game since Feb. 25, when Wisconsin lost 103-93 at Iowa.”You’ve got to forget about being tired,” Banks said. “There’s one more game; it’s do or die, now or never. We don’t have a choice. It’s time to get this done.”Although the outcome of the game is still up in the air, one thing is for certain: Win or lose, this will be the last game of the season for both teams. And quite frankly, no one on the UW women’s basketball team wants this postseason run to come to an end.Anderson described the entire season in one word: success.”That’s one word that pinpoints it,” Anderson said. “We’ve come a long way from where we started. Our team’s elevated [our game] all year.”Although their season will be over sometime late Saturday afternoon, each player making the trip to Wyoming has one thing on her mind: a WNIT championship.”To end the season with a win would be something special,” Banks said. “I just want to end it on a positive note.”last_img read more

MBB : Role play: Triche adapts to off-guard spot, improves through Big East play

first_imgAs Scoop Jardine brings the ball past half court, Brandon Triche is constantly on the move. In Syracuse’s practice Tuesday, Triche cuts through the lane and weaves past imaginary Georgetown defenders.Triche runs around while Jardine dribbles up top in the role Triche played one year ago on this Syracuse team. After a flurry of passes, Triche cuts to the right corner. He catches the ball and hits an open 3-pointer.‘Nice, Brandon!’ SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins says.This is the role Triche has come to embrace in his sophomore season with the Orange. A year ago, he split time at point guard with Jardine, and his primary job was to find Andy Rautins and Wes Johnson for open shots or Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku down low. This season, his job is to get open and create from the off-guard position.After struggling with the transition during the early portion of the season, Triche has adapted and become a major factor from the position in Big East play. And as Georgetown (18-5, 7-4 Big East) comes to the Carrier Dome for a conference rivalry game with the Orange (20-4, 7-4) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Triche will look to continue his hot streak.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘The coaches are always telling me to be aggressive,’ Triche said after SU’s 66-58 victory at Connecticut last Wednesday. ‘That’s what I did. I try to get shots up there and give Rick, Baye and Kris chances to rebound.’That change in Triche’s timid shooting attitude from the early goings — he attempted double-digit shots in just two of SU’s first 16 games — started in the Orange’s win at Seton Hall on Jan. 8.In that game, Triche attempted only one shot in the first half — a missed layup. But right out of the gate in the second half, he came out firing. Two minutes into the half, he broke an early tie with a 3-pointer. Then he came up with a steal and raced down the court for a layup.‘I just said to myself, ‘I’m going to shoot,” Triche said after the game. ‘First half, I shot one shot. Second half, I figure when I’m open — even if I’m not open — I’m going to try to look at the basket and put the shot up there. And the first four shots went down and helped us out.’He shot 5-of-6 from the field in the half, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. After a narrow five-point escape against the Pirates, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said that without Triche, the Orange ‘wouldn’t have been in the game.’ Triche said the game boosted his confidence.And Hopkins said it was the start of the turn from Triche’s early-season struggles to his newfound success.‘I thought the point where Brandon started looking like the guy we all think he is was the second half of the Seton Hall game at Seton Hall,’ Hopkins said. ‘We were playing horrible. He just carried us. Three. Three. Get in the lane. Steal.‘That Brandon Triche we all know and love.’Soon Triche scored in double figures with regularity. He has done so in eight of 11 Big East games.Hopkins credits Triche’s rapid ascent to key contributor to two things. First, growing comfortable playing with Jardine in a two-guard set. Hopkins said the pair has learned to play together after splitting time last year at one position. That was evident in the duo’s play in SU’s transition game against South Florida last weekend.‘The chemistry with him and Scoop is getting better,’ Hopkins said. ‘That’s an important issue. That was a whole new relationship that needed to be built.’And Triche also worked on his shot. Specifically, what Hopkins refers to as a ‘pre-shot’ — the movement to get open and the balance to go up for the shot quickly. With the improved ‘pre-shot,’ Triche is ready to shoot before the ball is in his hands.Triche displayed this at Connecticut when, with the Orange nursing a 53-52 lead with less than five minutes remaining, he caught a pass from Jardine in the left corner and nailed a clutch 3-pointer.‘We promote a lot of what Andy Rautins did as the two-guard,’ Hopkins said. ‘How hard he came off screens. Always being ready to shoot. Always having your hands ready. Always being in position to be the dagger in the game.‘And I think Brandon’s become that guy.’On Wednesday against Georgetown, SU will look for Triche to be that guy again. The Hoyas collapse on their opponents driving into the lane, leaving the potential for shooters like Triche to get open with that constant movement.‘When we’re losing, my team needs me,’ Triche said. ‘That’s when I put my foot on the gas pedal, be aggressive and put up shots.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on February 8, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

FB : Cooper: Disappointing Spring Game performance signals lack of progress for program

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Once again, Syracuse football became a joking matter. Football’s version of the Bad News Bears.Ryan Nassib fired a pass so wide of the field it flew into the throng of Syracuse cheerleaders. John Kinder ran around helplessly and fumbled what became a defensive touchdown.There was a litany of penalties, a few dropped passes, a pair of missed field goals and two monotonous offenses.And neither offense scored.‘There was a lot of factors that went in, that kind of made it difficult for a lot of us,’ Nassib said. ‘Some of the play calling and the situational stuff is a little bit different than it really is going to be.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Excuses aside, yeah, we wish we could have scored a little bit more points.’After an entire spring dedicated to the ‘development of the program,’ so much so that 13 of 14 practices were shut off to the media and public, the first and only time the Orange performed in front of a crowd in Syracuse looked dreadful. The team coached by John Anselmo defeated the team coached by Rob Moore, 9-0. All nine points came as a result of defensive plays. The defense may have played well, but the one glimpse of Syracuse football for the 3,716 in the Carrier Dome was a disappointment overall. It leaves even larger question marks waiting for Syracuse when it begins preseason camp in August.Head coach Doug Marrone enters his fourth season at the helm attempting to prevent another drop in results, one that would spur memories of the Greg Robinson era that is not so far removed.Marrone went into last offseason with so much promise after a Pinstripe Bowl victory in Yankee Stadium. After defeating West Virginia last October, he was heralded as Syracuse football’s savior.But a five-game losing streak squashed the good feelings. This spring was a chance to reinvigorate the Syracuse community and spur excitement around football again.Behind closed doors lies the unknown. We hear of the promise, the improvement, the great strides the Syracuse football program has made in closed practices, void of distractions.‘When you look at the 13 days we had before we split up the team, it’s been outstanding,’ Marrone said.But the unknown, of course, cannot be seen.What could be seen was the event that shut the book on spring football, the annual Spring Game. No matter how well Syracuse has played in mystery, the last glimpse of the Orange for the public came Saturday.The Spring Game needed to leave a positive impression of the team. On campus, the football team holds little prestige. It has been more than a decade since the Orange was nationally relevant. If the student body barely cares, it is hard to develop the program.But Saturday’s result was abominable.Closing practice – meaning fans who did not travel to Rochester for Syracuse’s only open practice had one opportunity to see the team in Syracuse – makes the Spring Game’s results even more consequential. Marrone can talk about the progress the team has made, how the absence of distractions such as the media and crowd have allowed for greater focus this last month.‘People are getting better. A lot of the younger players from practice 11 to practice 13 made an outstanding push,’ Marrone said. ‘Really saw a jump in their ability and that’s exciting. Just like I told the coaches, when we start off in the preseason you never start where you left off.’It needed to show. He can tell, but the tangible evidence told a different story.Syracuse will endure a gauntlet of a schedule in 2012. It plays only five games in the Carrier Dome. The sixth ‘home game,’ New York’s College Classic against Southern California in MetLife Stadium, is against a Trojans team that blew out the Orange a year ago and will be a top-five team this preseason. SU also travels to Missouri in November.Even the Orange’s token matchup with a Football Championship Subdivision team is a difficult draw. Stony Brook will have former Iowa running back Marcus Coker, who ran for 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns with the Hawkeyes before he was suspended from the team and transferred to the Seawolves.A losing season is another setback. A deterrent to fans. Another mile in between the current SU program and the glory days of Syracuse football.There are just more than four months until the start of next season. And there is not much evidence that next season will be anything more than a work in progress.Mark Cooper is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or followed on Twitter at @mark_cooperjr.last_img read more

Women of Troy make it three straight wins

first_imgBefore this weekend, the USC women’s volleyball team was winless on its home floor. On Friday, the No. 20 Women of Troy (10-6, 3-3 Pac-12) earned their coveted first win at the Galen Center in a three set sweep over the Colorado Buffaloes (10-7, 2-3). USC backed the victory up by winning again on Saturday against the Utah Utes (11-6, 1-5).Killer instinct · Sophomore outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu combined for 18 kills this weekend, including 10 against Utah on Saturday. Nwanebu also had two of her team’s season-high 15 service aces in that match. — Brian Ji | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy came out strong against Colorado, a team that they have never lost to. In the first set, both squads played evenly, with neither team being able to build a lead bigger than five points. The big moment in the set was when USC scored seven unanswered points after being down 15-17 to take a 22-17 lead. The squad won the set 25-20 and sported a .355 hitting percentage, which was three times better than Colorado’s .118 mark.The Women of Troy were more dominant in the second set. The team never trailed after going up 2-1 early, and they led by as many as eight points over the course of the set. USC won 25-18 and had an impressive .400 hitting percentage. Eight of those 25 points came courtesy of three USC service aces and five Buffalo service errors.The Women of Troy carried their momentum into the third set, jumping out to a 7-1 lead early. The team never looked back, winning the set 25-19 and winning the match 3-0. The squad led by as much as seven points and did not trail during the final set.USC had strong performances by several players in the match. Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio led the team in kills with 14, and she also accounted for four of the Women of Troy’s seven service aces. Sophomore outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu had eight kills, and senior outside hitter Emily Young contributed seven kills. Sophomore libero Taylor Whittingham led the squad with 11 digs and sophomore setter Alice Pizzasegola was on her game, recording 25 assists.Overall, USC had nine more kills, nine more digs, five more assists and six more service aces than the Buffaloes. Additionally, the Women of Troy’s .356 hitting percentage for the game was nearly double that of the Buffalo’s .191 hitting percentage.Less than 24 hours later, USC was back at it again on their home floor taking on the Utah Utes. USC’s confidence and momentum from their game the night before was evident, and the team took down the Utes in four sets.The first set was nearly all the home team, considering the Women of Troy won the set 25-14. After falling behind 2-4 , USC took control and scored nine unanswered points to take an 11-4 lead.Later in the set, the Women of Troy had another stretch where they scored six unanswered points to increase their lead to 19-7 before winning the set a few minutes later. The Utes seemed out of sync and were having trouble handling serves from the Women of Troy, who had seven service aces in the first set alone. In addition, their .370 hitting percentage was more than double the Utes’ .152 hitting percentage.The Utes were more collected in the second set, but still fell 25-20. USC remained in command almost the entire set, trailing only once. The team continued to serve well, coming up with five service aces.Despite their success in the first two sets, the Women of Troy were not able to pull out a second straight sweep. Utah led by as much as seven points during the third set, despite having fewer kills. The Utes, however, had a better hitting percentage at .303. The Utes also did not commit any service errors, while USC committed three.USC rebounded in the fourth set, winning 25-18 and taking the match 3-1. Despite having fewer kills and digs in the fourth set compared to the Utes, USC never trailed. The set stayed close until the Women of Troy held a 20-17 advantage, but they scored five of the next six points to seal the deal. The biggest difference for the Women of Troy in the set was hitting. In the fourth set, their .229 hitting percentage was nearly triple that of the Utes’ .081 hitting percentage.The Women of Troy had three players in the double digits for kills in the game. Bricio led all players again with 23 kills and eight service aces. Nwanebu scored 10 kills and two service aces. Junior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms tied her career high with 10 kills of her own. Freshman outside hitter Lauryn Gillis contributed with four kills and three service aces, and freshman middle blocker Jordan Dunn had three kills and two service aces. Whittingham led the Women of Troy in digs once again with 29. Pizzasegola and senior setter Hayley Crone performed well, combining for 48 assists. For the match, the Women of Troy had 12 more kills, 12 more assists, 12 more service aces and six more digs than the Utes.After the Utah game, USC head coach Mick Haley addressed the plans for the rest of the season.“We’re tied with three other schools for fifth place [in the Pac-12],” Haley said. “We still think we may have an outside chance to win the conference. If we can keep building our confidence and momentum, we feel like the sky is the limit.”Bricio believes her team has turned a corner this season.“We have a routine before every single game, so we do the same thing,” Bricio said. “But, I think the only thing that made the difference was practice. We had a really good week.”last_img read more

No. 4 USC survives scare from Western Michigan in 49-31 win

first_imgIt was supposed to be the first taste of a dream season. It almost turned out to be a nightmare.No. 4 USC escaped with a 49-31 win over Western Michigan at the Coliseum on Saturday on the strength of three touchdowns by junior running back Ronald Jones II and a stellar debut by freshman running back Stephen Carr.Jones’ 37-yard carry put the Trojans ahead by a touchdown with under seven minutes left in the fourth quarter and then Carr tacked on insurance with a 52-yard touchdown run on the following drive to extend USC’s lead to double-digits. Junior safety Marvell Tell III intercepted a pass and brought it back for a touchdown for the capper.The final score may have looked like a blowout, but after eight months of anticipation following January’s Rose Bowl victory, USC did little to impress.“We played sloppily offensively in the first half,” head coach Clay Helton said. “But I love the poise the offense showed down the stretch.”Sam Darnold throws a pass during USC’s win over Western Michigan – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanMore than a half through what was supposed to be a season-opening cakewalk, the Trojans found themselves trailing to the unranked Broncos. A game-changing pick from redshirt junior Ajene Harris was overturned thanks to a pass interference penalty, and Western Michigan responded with a gut-punch reverse-pass touchdown to pull ahead 21-14. In the subsequent Trojan possession, redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold launched a deep pass, which was picked off — his second interception of the game.“I doubted myself on some of those deep throws,” Darnold said. “I just have to trust it and continue to do it and learn from the film room.”It was an unexpected turnaround considering how the game had started. Empty seats checkered the Coliseum on the team’s hottest opening day in nearly two decades, but Darnold and company brought the pumped-up crowd to a roar within minutes after kickoff.The Trojans moved the ball with ease in their opening drive, which was highlighted by a pair of long runs from junior running back Ronald Jones II. Shaking off multiple Bronco defenders, Jones rumbled for 29 yards on the second play of the six-play drive to push USC past midfield. He then scampered 16 yards into the end zone four plays later to score the Trojans’ first points of the new season.The Broncos responded soon after, however. The two sides traded punts following Jones’ touchdown before Western Michigan marched 59 yards in eight plays to tie the score. A pass interference penalty on sophomore cornerback Jack Jones erased a third-down stop deep in Trojan territory, and Bronco running back Jamauri Bogan capitalized, powering into the end zone from four yards out to tie the score.Western Michigan continued to challenge the USC defense, which was missing suspended junior middle linebacker Cameron Smith for the first half due to a targeting penalty during the Rose Bowl. After forcing another punt from Darnold and a stalling Trojan offense, the Broncos assembled an even longer drive. Quarterback Jon Wassink capped off an 11-play, 84-yard march with a seven-yard scrambling score, and Western Michigan grabbed a 14-7 edge.“They came in with a lot of confidence and know how to win,” Helton said of the Broncos. “You can tell they won 13 games last year.”Despite entering the fall as the preseason Heisman Trophy favorite, Darnold was unable to get going early, completing less than half of his passes for just 30 yards and adding six rushing yards on three carries through USC’s first five possessions. But a 59-yard punt from redshirt junior Reid Budrovich and a strong defensive stop set up the Trojan offense in enemy territory to begin its next drive, and Darnold took advantage.Darnold took a sack on the first play, but he rebounded with two darts to junior wide receiver Deontay Burnett to keep the offense moving. A 19-yard pass to Jones gave the Trojans a first-and-goal, and Jones punched it in from the one-yard-line to bring USC back level.Jones was one of the lone consistent bright spots in a spotty day for Trojan football.Ronald Jones II runs for a big gain. He had three touchdowns in USC’s win over Western Michigan – Katie Chin | Daily Trojan“I felt strong after gaining weight in the offseason,” Jones said. “The offensive line did a great job, and with the receivers blocking, they made my job easy.”Western Michigan marched down the field once again in response, but kicker Josh Grant pushed his kick attempt wide-left. Encouraged by their previous scoring drive, the Trojans took the ball with less than two minutes to go in the first half and looked to grab the lead going into the locker room. Darnold’s pass to redshirt junior tight end Tyler Petite was tipped and intercepted with seconds left on the clock, however, keeping the two teams tied at 14 at halftime after Tell batted down Wassink’s last-play Hail Mary.The nervous buzz around the Coliseum intensified in the third quarter following Darnold’s second pick, but captain Smith’s return boosted the Trojan defense, allowing USC to return on offense facing just a seven-point deficit. But penalties continued to dog the Trojans, as a chop-block set them up with a first-and-25 to begin the drive.Another long toss to Burnett — this time good for 27 yards — kept the offense on the field. Then Burnett reeled in another 29-yard catch-and-run on third-and-nine. Finally, Darnold ripped off an 11-yard scramble to reach the end zone and tie the score once again. Despite looking off-rhythm for a near-full three quarters, the Trojans were still very much in the game — perhaps luckily so.A key defensive stand — punctuated by a third-down sack from junior outside linebacker Porter Gustin — gave the Trojans an opportunity to push in front for the first time since Jones’ opening score. On cue, USC put together a rare extended drive, taking more than ten plays to move nearly 50 yards, and the drive cultimated in a one-yard touchdown dive from freshman running back Stephen Carr. The Trojans seized a 28-21 advantage — it lasted 13 seconds on the game clock. Darius Phillips fielded redshirt freshman Michael Brown’s kickoff and sliced through the USC coverage for a house call. 28-28.With their backs against the wall again, the Trojans simply stuck to what had been working. Darnold found Burnett once again on a 42-yard toss, and Jones exploded for a 37-yard touchdown run. USC re-took its precarious seven-point lead.Almost as expected in a game as up-and-down as Saturday’s, Western Michigan responded immediately. A 48-yard rush from LeVant Bellamy set the Broncos up inside the Trojans’ 30, but the defense forced a huge stop to hold its opponent to a field goal and set up Jones’ game-winning scamper.“It was awesome to see our team start out slow and really come out and dominate in the second half,” Darnold said. “It’s a great win, even though we didn’t perform like we wanted to.”After Tell’s pick-six sealed the Trojan win, redshirt sophomore Jake Olson made his USC debut at long snapper on a late extra point. Olson, who has been blind since age 12, executed a perfect snap, which freshman kicker Chase McGrath knocked through the uprights.“Very special moment for us with a very special guy,” Helton said. “I commend and thank Coach Lester and the Western Michigan family for giving us the honor of getting a special person in [the game].”Olson described the moment as “awesome” but said he was focused on the game at the time.“I tried to suppress my emotions because I had a job to do out there,” Olson said. “I’ll check out the videos tonight and get emotional about it.”Now, with a winning Week 1 behind them, the Trojans are ready to move onto Stanford next Saturday.“We’re going to get better,” Darnold said. “We have no other choice but to get better.”last_img read more