No. 4 USC escapes Western Michigan's upset bid

Blind USC snapper takes the field

USC long-snapper Jake Olson got a chance to prove you don't need to be able to see to play football.

Jones totaled 159 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, nearly nine yards per clip.

LOS ANGELES USC's national championship hopes looked set to take a hit on Saturday, amid a back-and-forth affair with Western Michigan.

The USC Trojans prevailed in the end after a 20-point fourth quarter to begin the season 1-0. In the mid-third quarter, the Broncos reached into their bag of tricks, running a throwback to quarterback Jon Wassink for a 27-yard touchdown to retake the lead.

Ronald Jones broke off a 37-yard touchdown run to give the Trojans a 35-28 lead, and then after Western Michigan cut the lead to 35-31 with a field goal, Stephen Carr iced it with a 52-yard score.

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USC went on to win the game, 49-31, with Olson's extra point being the exclamation mark on the victory. They helped offset an up-and-down performance from preseason Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Sam Darnold.

Darnold was sacked twice in the first half, a contrast to last season when he was rarely touched.

The USC Trojans are making sure that they will have a great start.

The game isn't over yet, but Western Michigan is tied with No. 4 USC - yeah, that USC - and this ridiculously creative playcall is why.