Jake Olson, USC's blind long-snapper, makes first career appearance

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Jones racked up 159 yards and three touchdowns on only 18 carries, while Darnold completed 23-of-33 passes for 289 yards and no touchdowns against two interceptions, though he did run for an 11-yard score.

But in the fourth quarter, he was subbed in to execute the long snap for the extra point attempt.

Late in the game against Western Michigan with victory in hand, the Trojans scored a touchdown and Helton immediately called a timeout.

The Trojans return to action next weekend against Stanford at home.

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USC did not look like a superior team at all until the fourth quarter, and even then it was still anybody's game. Crouched over the ball at the two-yard line, Olson delivered a spot-perfect snap that the USC kicker dully deposited through the uprights. Early drops by some receivers left quarterback Sam Darnold hanging at key moments.

While it wasn't the game USC fans were hoping for, Saturday's 49-31 contest revealed a lot, both good and bad about the Trojans.

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

USC kicked off the 2017 season by casting a shadow over all the offseason hype surrounding the No. 4 Trojans, struggling to best the Western Michigan Broncos. However, the USC offense stalled after their first drive, going 0-for-3 on third downs thereafter for three straight three-and-outs.

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