Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The first 12 minutes of the first quarter was like watching a basketball game, with USC constantly driving and dunking on Virginia.
USC beat the Cavaliers around the edge. Up the middle. Downfield. And 21-7.
The Trojans' depth at running back, plus their playmakers in the passing game have overwhelmed Virginia's defense, and for the most part, USC's defensive line has manhandled Virginia up front. Virginia had nine plays for minus-5 yards on its first three drives.
One of Virginia's best plays of the quarter was a direct snap to running back Mikell Simpson. They finally got some good blocks by left guard Zak Stair on a scoring drive, and some help by careless USC penalties.
It's getting a little chippy on the field, with some pushing and shoving after plays.