A forgettable first for Trojans

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

USC had as many first-quarter fumbles as first downs: two.

The Spartans are starting to gang up on the run, daring Matt Barkley to throw.

Any thoughts that Pete Carroll would allow Barkley to come out flinging it are gone: He's playing it close to the vest.

Keep it in mind that Carroll is not just holding the true freshman back. He's also keeping things fairly vanilla in advance of Ohio State. Not like the Buckeyes opened things up against Navy today -- or looked good in the process.

Still, there was little to get excited about offensively in the first.