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Sloppy start for USC

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

LOS ANGELES -- No finely tuned machine just yet for USC.

A Joe McKnight fumble -- wasn't he supposed to be over that? -- killed a Trojans opportunity on San Jose State's 32, field position supplied by a Spartans fumble.

As for Matt Barkley, he's 1 for 2 for negative-2 yards.

McKnight is concern. Sure he broke away for 22 yards on his first carry. But fumbling is a no-no. No surprise Allen Bradford is now in at tailback. USC obviously wants to establish the run while Barkley gets his freshman legs under him.

The defense, meanwhile, has given up a couple of nice gains to San Jose State.

Now a 24-yarder from new punter Billy O'Malley.

Not a sharp start.