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Ohio State-USC: Second-quarter reflections

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

LOS ANGELES -- Some quick hits at the half:

  • It became clear at USC practices that both FB Stanley Havili and RB Joe McKnight were big parts of the game plan.

  • McKnight has rushed five times for 49 yards -- his 24-yard run on the TD drive gave USC the ball on the Buckeyes 26 -- and Havili has caught two passes for 47 yards and a TD.

  • The Buckeyes answered but another good drive -- which even featured a 13-yard run from Terrelle Pryor -- was killed by a pair of holding calls. The result was a missed 46-yard field goal.

  • Ohio State isn't haven't much trouble getting first downs. The Buckeyes have 11 with three minutes left before the half.

  • Maybe I'm wrong and the Trojans are going to blow this thing open.

  • It is worth noting that the Buckeyes have outgained USC 156 yards to 149 as of the pick-six.

  • Also, Pryor is going to be a weapon. He's 2 for 3 for 23 yards and has rushed six times for 41 yards.

  • Turnovers are killers against the Trojans. New exhibit: Boeckman fumbles on a sack from Clay Matthews and the Trojans, now winning the turnover battle 2-0, take over on the Buckeyes 28 with a minute left before the half.

  • Joe McKnight goes 15 yards on a third and 7 for a first down on the 20. He's averaging over 11 yards per carry and has 82 yards rushing.

  • The Buckeyes probably won't feel physically overwhelmed it the locker room.

  • Still think this might turn out to be interesting but my confidence is not as high as it was a hour and a half ago.