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Hawaii trounced by No. 1 USC 49-10 in Chow's debut

Associated Press Modified: September 2, 2012 at 12:17 am •  Published: September 2, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Norm Chow waited 40 years to become a head coach at Hawaii. He'll have to wait at least two more weeks for his Warriors to get a bit more winnable game.

Marqise Lee caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Matt Barkley on No. 1 Southern California's first play, and the Trojans rolled to a 49-10 victory over Hawaii on Saturday night.

Duke transfer Sean Schroeder passed for 208 yards and a score as one of 13 first-time starters for Hawaii (0-1), which realized it had a rough assignment for Chow's debut.

The former USC offensive coordinator installed a pro-style offense after 14 years of run-and-shoot football on the islands under coaches June Jones and Greg McMackin, and that scheme showed promise at times. But Chow's defense simply couldn't keep up in the opener of Hawaii's first season since moving to the Mountain West after 33 years in the WAC.

"We thought we would give them a better battle," Chow said. "We made too many mistakes, but we didn't quit, and USC knew they were in a game."

Barkley kicked off his Heisman Trophy campaign with 372 yards passing and four touchdowns for the Trojans (1-0), whose offensive stars were every bit as impressive as expected. Lee had 10 catches for 197 yards and returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score, and Robert Woods caught six passes for 42 yards and two TDs

Hawaii's rebuilt defense struggled to keep up with two of the nation's best receivers, but Chow isn't about to panic after one game against a No. 1 team. Hawaii dropped to 0-3 in school history against top-ranked opponents.

"We started one senior, a bunch of kids who have never played before, in front of 93,000 people," Chow said. "We were all kind of shaky, but we'll shore a few things up."

Silas Redd rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown on a team-leading nine carries in the Penn State transfer's debut at USC, which led 35-0 at halftime and coasted to its 15th consecutive season-opening victory.

Schroeder hit Scott Harding with an 18-yard TD pass on the first series after halftime — but Lee replied with his TD kickoff return. Harding also punted for Hawaii while Alex Dunnachie is suspended, saying it took him back to his days playing Australian rules football.

"They're a great team, but the taste is still a little bitter," Schroeder said. "We have a lot to learn, and hopefully we can study what happened today and build on it."

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