2017 kicks off for Trojans and Broncos

I kicked off the 2017 season on the road with a trip down to Los Angeles to shoot my alma mater Western Michigan Broncos as they took on the USC Trojans at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The temperature was in the triple digits for most of my visit down there which made for one of the hottest games I have ever photographed. Being able to shoot a game at the Coliseum was one of those bucket list items that I have been wanting to try and do for several years and I was happy to get the opportunity to do so. It was a very cool experience. The Broncos put up a heck of a fight right up until the end, but a few big plays by USC sealed the 49-31 victory.

USC mascot "Traveler" takes the field.
USC mascot “Traveler” takes the field.
Jarvion Franklin and the Broncos take the field.
Jarvion Franklin and the Broncos take the field.
Heisman hopeful Sam Darnold warms up.
Heisman hopeful Sam Darnold warms up.
The Trojan mascot
The Trojan mascot
Flyover during the national anthem.
Flyover during the national anthem.
The WMU Broncos take the field.
The WMU Broncos take the field.
Trojan WR Steven Mitchell Jr. looks for yardage.
Trojan WR Steven Mitchell Jr. looks for yardage.
Ronald Jones II takes the ball in for the game's first score.
Ronald Jones II takes the ball in for the game’s first score.
Jarvion Franklin looks for a hole in the defense.
Jarvion Franklin looks for a hole in the defense.
Bronco QB Jon Wassink scrambles for yards.
Bronco QB Jon Wassink scrambles for yards.
WMU's Keishawn Watson is held as this pass id broken up by CB Jack Jones. Pass interference was called on the play.
WMU’s Keishawn Watson is held as this pass id broken up by CB Jack Jones. Pass interference was called on the play.
Bronco CB Sam Beal skies to break up this pass to Jalen Greene.
Bronco CB Sam Beal skies to break up this pass to Jalen Greene.
Bronco extra point attempt with the iconic Olympic flame in the background.
Bronco extra point attempt with the iconic Olympic flame in the background.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
Trojan QB Sam Darnold fumbles the ball but it is recovered by USC.
Trojan QB Sam Darnold fumbles the ball but it is recovered by USC.
Four Broncos converge on UCS WR Deontay Burnett.
Four Broncos converge on UCS WR Deontay Burnett.
A tangle of bodies as USC TB Stephen Carr is brought down.
A tangle of bodies as USC TB Stephen Carr is brought down.
Tyler Vaughns gets brought down just short of the goal line.
Tyler Vaughns gets brought down just short of the goal line.
Bronco QB Jon Wassink launches a Hail Mary at the end of the first half...
Bronco QB Jon Wassink launches a Hail Mary at the end of the first half…
...that just misses to Donnie Ernsberger as it is broken up.
…that just misses to Donnie Ernsberger as it is broken up.
The Broncos are ready to take the field for the second half.
The Broncos are ready to take the field for the second half.
Sam Darnold launches a pass.
Sam Darnold launches a pass.
Broncos CB Darius Phillips Looks upfield after intercepting this pass.
Broncos CB Darius Phillips Looks upfield after intercepting this pass.
LeVante Bellamy signals a first down.
LeVante Bellamy signals a first down.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
WMU Head coach Tim Lester.
WMU Head Coach Tim Lester.
Sam Beal lets out a roar after an amazing interception.
Sam Beal lets out a roar after an amazing interception.
Deontay Burnett is just out of the grasp of Stefan Claiborne.
Deontay Burnett is just out of the grasp of Stefan Claiborne.
Sam Darnold runs to the end zone for a score. Is that a Heisman pose?
Sam Darnold runs to the end zone for a score. Is that a Heisman pose?
A USC tradition is to light the Olympic Torch at the beginning of the 4th Quarter.
A USC tradition is to light the Olympic Torch at the beginning of the 4th Quarter.
USC Alumni Keyshawn Johnson.
USC Alumni Keyshawn Johnson.
A pair of Broncos wrap up Stephen Carr.
A pair of Broncos wrap up Stephen Carr.
USC's Daniel Imatorbhebhe avoids the tackle as he heads for the sideline.
USC’s Daniel Imatorbhebhe avoids the tackle as he heads for the sideline.
Stephen Carr finds a hole for a Trojan touchdown.
Stephen Carr finds a hole for a Trojan touchdown.
The Trojans celebrate after the score.
The Trojans celebrate after the score.
On the very next kickoff, WMU's Darius Phillips returns it for 100 yards and a score.
On the very next kickoff, WMU’s Darius Phillips returns it for 100 yards and a score.
Bronco fans celebrate after the touchdown.
Bronco fans celebrate after the touchdown.
Ronald Jones II breaks away for a touchdown.
Ronald Jones II breaks away for a touchdown.
Western Michigan with a successful field goal attempt.
Western Michigan with a successful field goal attempt.
Stephen Carr breaks free for a 52 yard score late in the game.
Stephen Carr breaks free for a 52 yard score late in the game.
I was one umpire away from getting a good shot of the final interception :-)
I was one umpire away from getting a good shot of the final interception 🙂
Head coaches Clay Helton and Tim Lester shake hands after a great game.
Head coaches Clay Helton and Tim Lester shake hands after a great game.
The teams congratulated each other after the game.
The teams congratulated each other after the game.
WMU Coach Tim Lester congratulates QB Sam Darnold after the game.
WMU Coach Tim Lester congratulates QB Sam Darnold after the game.
A victorious Sam Darnold leaves the field.
A victorious Sam Darnold leaves the field.

Huskies stuff Beavers

A struggling Oregon State Beavers team came into Husky Stadium and ran into a fifth-ranked Washington team that was firing on all cylinders. Jake Browning had another big game with 3 TDs as the Huskies rolled to a 41-17 win over the Beavers.

The Huskies emerge on to the field through the Purple Haze.
The Huskies emerge on to the field through the Purple Haze.
Dante Pettis keeps his eyes on the ball as he hauls in this pass.
Dante Pettis keeps his eyes on the ball as he hauls in this pass.
John Ross brings in this pass with a defender draped all over him.
John Ross brings in this pass with a defender draped all over him.
OSU's Victor Bolden gets uprooted during a kick return.
OSU’s Victor Bolden gets uprooted during a kick return.
John Ross gets twisted down after a catch.
John Ross gets twisted down after a catch.
Dante Pettis and Aaron Fuller leap in celebration after a Pettis touchdown.
Dante Pettis and Aaron Fuller leap in celebration after a Pettis touchdown.
John Ross tries to haul in this pass but it is just s bit too under thrown.
John Ross tries to haul in this pass but it is just s bit too under thrown.
Who is that masked man? It's Elijah Qualls.
Who is that masked man? It’s Elijah Qualls.
Myles Gaskin breaks free for a run.
Myles Gaskin breaks free for a run.
Jake Browning lets go of a pass under heavy pressure.
Jake Browning lets go of a pass under heavy pressure.
This pass gets broken up to prevent a potential Beavers touchdown.
This pass gets broken up to prevent a potential Beavers touchdown.
Dante Pettis is all alone on this touchdown pass.
Dante Pettis is all alone on this touchdown pass.
Budda Baker throws up a Dubs after the game.
Budda Baker throws up a Dubs after the game.

Lucky 13 for Dawgs

The Washington Huskies decided that 12 straight losses to the Oregon Ducks was enough. The 5th ranked Dawgs rolled into Eugene last Saturday and showed that those days of Duck dominance were over. The Huskies hit early and very often on way to a 70-21 thrashing of the Ducks. Jake Browning led the way with a school record 6 passing touchdowns and two more on the ground.

Oregon DB Arrion Springs just gets a hand in to deflect this pass to John Ross.
Oregon DB Arrion Springs just gets a hand in to deflect this pass to John Ross.
The eagle circles the stadium during the National Anthem.
The eagle circles the stadium during the National Anthem.
A beautiful eagle took part of the pregame ceremonies.
A beautiful eagle took part of the pregame ceremonies.
The Ducks (or "Webfoots" on this day) take the field.
The Ducks (or “Webfoots” on this day) take the field.
Budda Baker picks off a pass on the first play of the game.
Budda Baker picks off a pass on the first play of the game.
Jake Browning points at the defender as he crosses the goal line on his first drive. The point earned him a 15 yard penalty.
Jake Browning points at the defender as he crosses the goal line on his first drive. The point earned him a 15 yard penalty.
John Ross with the touchdown in the corner of the end zone.
John Ross with the touchdown in the corner of the end zone.
John Ross with another beautiful touchdown grab.
John Ross with another beautiful touchdown grab.
Not sure what this play is called...
Not sure what this play is called…
Freshman Justin Herbert in his first start for the Ducks.
Freshman Justin Herbert in his first start for the Ducks.
Jake Browning scrambles for yardage.
Jake Browning scrambles for yardage.
Royce Freeman breaks free.
Royce Freeman breaks free.
Coach Pete has a concern for the referees.
Coach Pete has a concern for the referees.
Tony Brooks-James gets lifted up after a Duck score.
Tony Brooks-James gets lifted up after a Duck score.
Myles Gaskin lunges ahead for extra yards.
Myles Gaskin lunges ahead for extra yards.
Ready to pounce.
Ready to pounce.
Dante Pettis gets tripped up by a defender after a big gain.
Dante Pettis gets tripped up by a defender after a big gain.
Jake Browning exits the tunnel for the second half.
Jake Browning exits the tunnel for the second half.
Myles Gaskin breaks around the end for daylight.
Myles Gaskin breaks around the end for daylight.
Dante Pettis with a ridiculous one handed grab for a touchdown.
Dante Pettis with a ridiculous one handed grab for a touchdown.
Taj Griffin breaks away for a third quarter score.
Taj Griffin breaks away for a third quarter score.
Backup Tailback Jomon Dotson with a score late in the game.
Backup Tailback Jomon Dotson with a score late in the game.
Beautiful sunset over Autzen Stadium.
Beautiful sunset over Autzen Stadium.
The Dawgs were all smiles at the end of this one.
The Dawgs were all smiles at the end of this one.
The team sings "Bow down to Washington" to all the Husky fans that made the trip.
The team sings “Bow down to Washington” to all the Husky fans that made the trip.
Azeem Victor and Budda Baker.
Azeem Victor and Budda Baker.
Elijah Qualls flanked by Azeem Victor and Jared Hilbers.
Elijah Qualls flanked by Azeem Victor and Jared Hilbers.
Psalm Wooching had another monster game.
Psalm Wooching had another monster game.