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 ūüôā
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.

Ducks Drop Trojans

I made the drive down to Eugene early in the morning on a beautiful cold, crisp fall day to see the USC Trojans come in to Autzen Stadium to take on the Ducks. The teams were ranked #23 and #24 so it was sure to be a good matchup. Both teams still with an eye at the Pac-12 championship for their respective divisions. Vernon Adams stepped on the gas early and never let off going for over 400 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Trojans kept it interesting for most of the game, but just were not able to match the Ducks on this day with Oregon pulling away with a 48-28 victory over the Trojans.

 

The Duck Captains take the field.
The Duck Captains take the field.
The Trojans have a moment before the game starts.
The Trojans have a moment before the game starts.
The Ducks cheerleaders are electrifying!
The Ducks cheerleaders are electrifying!
Tyler Petite is wide open for an easy touchdown grab.
Tyler Petite is wide open for an easy touchdown grab.
USC tailback Ronald Jones gets to the outside for a TD.
USC tailback Ronald Jones gets to the outside for a TD.
Ronald Jones celebrates his score with teammates.
Ronald Jones celebrates his score with teammates.
Oregon Duck fans.
Oregon Duck fans.
JuJu Smith-Schuster battles for this pass ing the end zone with Ugo Amadi. The pass would be incomplete.
JuJu Smith-Schuster battles for this pass ing the end zone with Ugo Amadi. The pass would be incomplete.
Vernon Adams unloads a pass into the shadows.
Vernon Adams unloads a pass into the shadows.
Cody Kessler emerges from the shadows cast by the stadium.
Cody Kessler emerges from the shadows cast by the stadium.
Darreus Rogers spins away from a defender after a catch.
Darreus Rogers spins away from a defender after a catch.
Dares Rogers skies over two Ducks for a touchdown grab.
Dares Rogers skies over two Ducks for a touchdown grab.
Ducks TE Evan Baylis pulls away from the last Trojan defender on his way to the end zone.
Ducks TE Evan Baylis pulls away from the last Trojan defender on his way to the end zone.
Here's a familiar face! Marcus Mariota was on hand for the game with the Titans playing on Thursday.
Here’s a familiar face! Marcus Mariota was on hand for the game with the Titans playing on Thursday.
Trojan tailback Justin Davis breaks free of the defense.
Trojan tailback Justin Davis breaks free of the defense.
Trojan tailback Justin Davis turns towards the goal line.
Trojan tailback Justin Davis turns towards the goal line.
Ducks RB Royce Freeman finds a gap for yardage.
Ducks RB Royce Freeman finds a gap for yardage.
Vernon Adams congratulates his team coming off the field after a scoring drive.
Vernon Adams congratulates his team coming off the field after a scoring drive.
Kani Benoit soaks in cheers from the crowd after a score.
Kani Benoit soaks in cheers from the crowd after a score.
Oregon DL Jalen Jelks brings down Trojan QB Cody Kessler on a sack.
Oregon DL Jalen Jelks brings down Trojan QB Cody Kessler on a sack.
Ronald Jones spins away from the defense.
Ronald Jones spins away from the defense.
Vernon Adams uncorks a pass.
Vernon Adams uncorks a pass.
Dwayne Stanford gets lifted by his teammates after a touchdown.
Dwayne Stanford gets lifted by his teammates after a touchdown.
The line.
The line.
Adoree' Jackson breaks free for a score.
Adoree’ Jackson breaks free for a score.
Ronald Jones gets tripped up by a defender.
Ronald Jones gets tripped up by a defender.
Vernon Adams and Adoree' Jackson chat after the game.
Vernon Adams and Adoree’ Jackson chat after the game.
Autzen Stadium from midfield.
Autzen Stadium from midfield.

Trojans horse around with Cougars

It was a cold, wet and foggy afternoon in Pullman as the USC Trojans rolled into town and thumped the Cougars 44-17. The low light of the game was when ¬†WSU Quarterback Conner Halliday was knocked out of the game with a broken leg that ended his senior season. Halliday was currently¬†the nation’s passing yardage leader. Sad to see his college career end this way. It was also the first trip back to the state of Washington for USC head coach Steve Sarkisian who left the Washington Huskies to take the job with the Trojans.

Adoree' Jackson gets the Trojans started with this kick return.
Adoree’ Jackson gets the Trojans started with this kick return.
Connor Halliday dumps a pass over the Trojan defense.
Connor Halliday dumps a pass over the Trojan defense.
Cougar defenders converge on Nelson Agholor near the goal line.
Cougar defenders converge on Nelson Agholor near the goal line.
JuJu Smith takes this pass in for the score.
JuJu Smith takes this pass in for the score.
Connor Halliday lets out a loud scream of pain after getting his leg broken and ending his season.
Connor Halliday lets out a loud scream of pain after getting his leg broken and ending his season.
Head Coach Mike Leach and the trainers attend to Halliday.
Head Coach Mike Leach and the trainers attend to Halliday.
Connor Halliday gets loaded onto the cart and taken off the field.
Connor Halliday gets loaded onto the cart and taken off the field.
Backup QB Luke Falk stepped in to the starting duties with the injury to Halliday.
Backup QB Luke Falk stepped in to the starting duties with the injury to Halliday.
USC Quarterback Cody Kessler scrambles away under heavy pressure.
USC Quarterback Cody Kessler scrambles away under heavy pressure.
Justin Davis looks for a hole.
Justin Davis looks for a hole.
Jamal Morrow gets sandwiched by two Trojans.
Jamal Morrow gets sandwiched by two Trojans.
Javorius Allen plows over the defender.
Javorius Allen plows over the defender.
Nelson Agholor hauls in a pass under tight coverage.
Nelson Agholor hauls in a pass under tight coverage.
Kevin Seymour celebrates after a play.
Kevin Seymour celebrates after a play.
Cody Kessler unloads a pass.
Cody Kessler unloads a pass.
Kevin Seymour and Adoree' Jackson sky high in celebration after a stop.
Kevin Seymour and Adoree’ Jackson sky high in celebration after a stop.
Kessler scrambles away from the Cougars rush.
Kessler scrambles away from the Cougars rush.
Nelson Agholor with yards after the catch.
Nelson Agholor with yards after the catch.
JuJu Smith brings in this TD pass with tight coverage. I mean really tight, Kevin Griffin's hand is in his mouth.
JuJu Smith brings in this TD pass with tight coverage. I mean really tight, Kevin Griffin’s hand is in his mouth.
Dom Williams heads up field for yardage after the catch.
Dom Williams heads up field for yardage after the catch.
John Plattenburg takes down Robert Lewis after a catch.
John Plattenburg takes down Robert Lewis after a catch.
Rain sprays off the helmet of Javourius Allen on this hit.
Rain sprays off the helmet of Javourius Allen on this hit.
A trio of Cougars put a stop to this run.
A trio of Cougars put a stop to this run.
Leon McQuay goes up high for this interception.
Leon McQuay goes up high for this interception.
Luke Falk gets ready to start the second half.
Luke Falk gets ready to start the second half.
Vince Mayle stiff arms Leon McQuay.
Vince Mayle stiff arms Leon McQuay.
Theron West tip toes the sideline just out of the reach of Anthony Sarao.
Theron West tip toes the sideline just out of the reach of Anthony Sarao.
Cody Kessler sets up to pass.
Cody Kessler sets up to pass.
USC's George Farmer gets interfered with in the end zone on this play.
USC’s George Farmer gets interfered with in the end zone on this play.
Adoree' Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Vince Mayle in the end zone.
Adoree’ Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Vince Mayle in the end zone.
Adoree' Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Isiah Meyers in the end zone.
Adoree’ Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Isiah Meyers in the end zone.
Justin Davis jumps through the defense as the fog gets thick near the end of the game.
Justin Davis jumps through the defense as the fog gets thick near the end of the game.
A victorious Steve Coach Sark after the game.
A victorious Steve Coach Sark after the game.
The Trojans sing the fight song with their fans in the corner of the stadium.
The Trojans sing the fight song with their fans in the corner of the stadium.
Nothing special about this shot, I just liked the fog made the shot look.
Nothing special about this shot, I just liked the fog made the shot look.