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USC 27, Purdue 17

Los Angeles (56,623)

Pigskin Classic

Kickoff: 11:35 a.m. (EST)


Temperatures on the Coliseum field reached 110-plus degrees and several USC band members, a cheerleader and a number of fans fainted from the heat.

Paul Hackett's 1st game as USC head coach

First meeting since 1976


1st Quarter

PUR: Cox 3 yard pass from Brees (Dorsch kick), 10:20...Brees completes 5/6, 43 yd pass to Jones to USC 19

USC: Morton 98 yard kickoff return (Abrams kick), 10:03...first kickoff to USC, darted up middle untouched before bouncing off two tacklers at 25

PUR: Cliff Jackson 9 yard pass from Brees (Dorsch kick), 3:17...Danny Rodgers 63-yd punt to USC 2, started at USC 29

USC had -1 TO in first quarter

2nd Quarter

PUR: Dorsch 37 yard field goal, 14:15

USC: Abrams 30 yard field goal, 7:45...Van Raaphorst led USC 60 yds to PUR 13

3rd Quarter

USC: Papadakis 1 yard run (Abrams kick), 1:57...Palmer replaced Van Raaphorst (soph, two starts in '97) and in his second series they scored, starting at own 32, overthrew his first collegiate pass, then made nine-yard completion, found Larry Parker for 42 to PUR 8

4th Quarter

USC: Abrams 45 yard field goal, 5:25...set up by LB Chris Claiborne's INT at PUR 31 (CB Daylon McCutcheon knocked pass away from Randall Lane and Claiborne caught it), Van Raapohorst replaced Palmer

USC: Morton 13 yard run (Abrams kick), 3:02...David Gibson fumble recovery at PUR 44, Palmer back in game at 3:54



Passing: PUR 30/52/248/2, USC 14/28/168/1

Rushing: PUR 27/99, USC 33/106


PUR: Brees 30/52, 248 yds, 2 INT

USC: Mike Van Raaphorst 11/22, 89 yds, INT, Palmer 3/6, 79 yds


PUR: Crabtree 12/49, Brees 7/16, D. Johnson 4/15, Clopton 2/10, Sutherland 2/9

USC: Morton 15/53, MacKenzie 7/28, Papadakis 8/22, Van Raaphorst 1/1, Ochs 1/1, Palmer 1/1


PUR: I. Jones 10/119, Daniels 3/33, Cox 3/26, Sutherland 4/23, Simpson 3/20, C. Jackson 1/9, Lane 1/8, Clopton 2/4, Crabtree 2/4, Stratton 1/2

USC: Miller 4/70, Parker 1/42, Hayes 2/19, Ochs 2/19, Bastianelli 1/9, Harris 2/6, Iacenda 1/6, Morton 1/-3


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