Scores

Final

(24) USC 30

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Hawaii 13

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

11:00 PM ET, August 29, 2013

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

1 2 3 4 T
#24USC 3 17 0 1030
HAW 0 5 0 813

Top Performers

Passing: T. Graham (HAW) - 208 YDS, 1 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: T. Madden (USC) - 18 CAR, 109 YDS

Receiving: M. Lee (USC) - 8 REC, 104 YDS

No. 24 USC's defense dominates in opening win over Hawaii

Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Southern California still doesn't have a clear starting quarterback, and coach Lane Kiffin is already taking criticism from fans after an unimpressive win in Thursday night's season opener.

But Kiffin says it's most important that the Trojans started their season with a win, giving him more time to evaluate Cody Kessler and Max Wittek as he decides which passer gives his team the best chance to win.

"I was hoping that a long time ago it would be settled, but that's not my job to just do what makes me feel good," Kiffin said. "I've got to make sure that I'm doing what's in the best interest of the team and I think that showed today. There was not an obvious No. 1 out there today."

Justin Davis ran for 74 yards and a touchdown, and No. 24 USC's defense picked up for a shaky offense, masking Kessler's and Wittek's mixed performances in a 30-13 win over Hawaii.

Kessler salvaged a bad start with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor, then gave way to Wittek early in the third quarter as the teammates took turns auditioning for the starting job.

Wittek played more of a manager's role, handing off to Davis more often than throwing. He completed 5 of 10 passes for 77 yards.

Neither Kessler nor Wittek did enough to make a starting choice clear.

"Neither of them separated themselves, and we didn't help them very much," Kiffin said, citing drops, penalties and a fumble. "We didn't help them, and obviously that falls on me."

Kiffin said he doesn't know yet what his future plans are for the position or whether his team will play both quarterbacks again.

"We'll go back and see -- we've got nine days to figure it out," Kiffin said.

USC (1-0) intercepted four of Hawaii quarterback Taylor Graham's passes and sacked him seven times, directly setting up each USC score.

Tre Madden had 18 carries for 109 yards while starting for injured Silas Redd, who didn't make the trip from Los Angeles.

Star wide receiver Marqise Lee had eight catches for 104 yards, mostly in the second half, for the Trojans, who failed to score in the third quarter after entering the game a 23-point favorite.

Kessler played the entire first half and the first drive of the second, finishing 10-of-19 for 95 yards. Despite several overthrows, batted passes and an interception, Kessler's touchdown gave USC the lead for good, and he spent slightly more time on the field than Wittek after Kiffin said the players would split work.

But Kessler failed to get Lee the ball until 6 minutes into the second quarter.

Lee -- who finished fourth in voting for the Heisman Trophy last year -- was visibly frustrated after several plays. He dropped a fourth-down pass that would have given USC a first-and-goal on its first drive. In the second quarter, he picked up a bouncing punt and began to run toward the left sideline to get around defenders, but fumbled and turned the ball over to Hawaii on USC's 33-yard line. Late in the fourth quarter, he dropped a downfield pass from Wittek that was slightly underthrown but still catchable.

After his fumble, Lee scowled on the Trojans' sideline with his yellow mouthpiece hanging from his open mouth.

Kiffin said Lee's drops were unusual and didn't help the quarterbacks.

"He's probably three drops from having a pretty big day," Kiffin said.

Hawaii's defense kept the Warriors (0-1) in contention until USC scored two touchdowns in the span of 89 seconds in the second quarter. Hawaii sacked Kessler in the end zone for a safety to put its first points on the board, then got a field goal on the next drive to take a 5-3 lead.

Hawaii's lead lasted more than seven minutes -- enough time for Kiffin to become a trending topic on Twitter as fans criticized his play calling and his team's performance.

Graham finished 16-of-41 for 208 yards and a 60-yard touchdown to Keith Kirkwood with 30 seconds left in the game. He also had a big block in the first quarter, lowering his shoulder to send USC cornerback Kevon Seymour flying through the air as Bubba Poueu-Luna scrambled for 19 yards on a broken rushing play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USC
HAW
1st Downs2315
Total Yards364231
Passing172208
Rushing19223
Penalties9-754-48
3rd Down Conversions3-144-18
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers24
Possession33:2826:32

Passing Leaders

USCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kessler10/19955.011
HawaiiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Graham16/412085.114

Rushing Leaders

USCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Madden181096.1034
Davis14745.3121
HawaiiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Poueu-Luna11919.0019
Wily9141.606

Receiving Leaders

USCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lee810413.0019
Agholor23517.5119
HawaiiRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kirkwood28442.0160
King Jr.33010.0021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSCHAW
FG07:05Andre Heidari 20 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERUSCHAW
SF14:06Cody Kessler Tackled By Art Laurel In End Zone 32
FG11:43Tyler Hadden 42 Yd 35
TD04:18Nelson Agholor 19 Yd Pass From Cody Kessler (Andre Heidari Kick) 105
TD02:49Josh Shaw 35 Yd Interception Return (Andre Heidari Kick) 175
FG00:00Andre Heidari 52 Yd 205
FOURTH QUARTERUSCHAW
FG13:10Andre Heidari 22 Yd 235
TD00:42Justin Davis 3 Yd Run (Andre Heidari Kick) 305
TD00:30Keith Kirkwood 60 Yd Pass From Taylor Graham (Ikaika Woolsey Run For Two-Point Conversion) 3013