Monday, April 10, 2006

15,000 fans attend USC scrimmage

Patrick Turner caught two touchdown passes -- one each from Mark Sanchez and Michael McDonald -- and converted linebacker Ryan Powdrell gained 81 yards on 10 carries Sunday in Southern California's spring football scrimmage.

The 94-play scrimmage was played before an estimated 15,000 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The offense directed by McDonald won 22-19 over Sanchez's offense.

Turner caught six passes for 85 yards including a 29-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez and an 18-yarder from McDonald.

Sanchez, who will be a redshirt freshman in the fall, completed 13 of 21 passes for 146 yards. He has been playing with the first-string offense since John David Booty sustained a back injury earlier this spring.

McDonald was 19-of-27 for 191 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. His other scoring passes were a 10-yarder to Fred Davis and a 26-yarder to Brad Walker. Brandon Hancock also scored on a 15-yard run, and Ryan Ting returned a punt 75 yards for another TD.

Walker caught seven passes for 75 yards and Hancock gained 21 yards on six carries. Powdrell, playing at fullback, had a 51-yard run.

"It was a good day today," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "We moved the ball around. The quarterbacks got a realistic feel. Sanchez had a very solid day. Turner looked good. Powdrell showed he can run the ball. And I loved the [five] turnovers created by the defense. There were a lot of bright spots. We got in some good, hard work."

The Trojans finish spring practice Friday and open the season Sept. 2 at Arkansas.

Marshall Goldberg, College Football Hall of Famer, dead at 88

Marshall Goldberg, an All-America running back at the University of Pittsburgh and key contributor to the Chicago Cardinals' 1947 NFL championship, has died. He was 88.

Goldberg died Monday at a Chicago nursing home after spending several years battling the effects of brain injuries caused by numerous concussions during his playing days, his wife, Rita Goldberg, said Wednesday.

Goldberg was a member of Pitt's "Dream Backfield" while leading the school to a national championship in 1937 under coach Jock Sutherland.

He was runner up for the Heisman Trophy in 1938 and amassed 1,957 rushing yards while at Pitt, a school record that stood until Tony Dorsett broke it in 1974. He was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1958.

"Marshall Goldberg set a timeless example of the student-athlete ideal," Pitt athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement Wednesday. Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt called Goldberg "one of the crown jewels of both Pitt and college football."

Goldberg was a six-time All-Pro defensive back for the Chicago Cardinals during the 1940s. His interception against the Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFL championship game in 1947.

His pro career was interrupted by a three-year stint as a line officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II, according to Pitt.

A native of Elkins, W.Va., Goldberg settled in Chicago after his football career and spent decades as the owner of a machine tool company in suburban Chicago, his wife said.

Goldberg is survived by his wife, a son, Marshall, a daughter, Ellen Tullos, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.