USC WR Jordan Addison strikes again in first half vs. Fresno State

LOS ANGELES — For the third straight game, USC found transfer receiver Jordan Addison for a first-quarter touchdown.

On a first-and-goal from the Fresno State 2, Addison ran a button hook, cutting outside as quarterback Caleb Williams rolled to his right. Williams’ throw was low, but Addison dove and came up with the ball for the score.

It was Addison’s fifth receiving touchdown of the season after a pair of two-TD performances to start the year.

Addison, last year’s Biletnikoff winner who transferred from Pitt in May, is putting the USC record book on notice through three games. The single-season record for touchdown receptions is 16, set by Mike Williams in 2003 and tied by Dwayne Jarrett in 2005.

Addison almost had a second receiving touchdown in the first half, reaching the ball out over the pylon. But after a review, the officials ruled that the ball was out of bounds when it crossed the goal line.

USC led 21-10 after the first half, with Addison making five catches for 51 yards.


Transfer lineman Bobby Haskins got his first start as a Trojan at left tackle against Fresno State.

Courtland Ford had gotten the nod the first two games of the season but rolled his right ankle at the end of the Stanford game. Ford warmed up in pads with the team prior to the Fresno State game Saturday, but Haskins manned the blind side for most of the game.

Haskins left the game in the second quarter after his left arm was checked by trainers. He was replaced by Mason Murphy for a third-and-19. Fresno State end David Perales immediately burned past Murphy and sacked quarterback Caleb Williams for a 14-yard loss.

Haskins returned for the next series, but gave up a sack on his first play back.

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With starting rush edge Romello Height (shoulder) out for Saturday’s game, Wyoming transfer Solomon Byrd got the starting nod over sophomore Korey Foreman.

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