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Ex-bay area star rolls at USC

USC’s Nelson Agholor, who returns two punts for TDs, averages 32.2 yards per touch in the game at Cal.

USC’s Nelson Agholor, who returns two punts for TDs, averages 32.2 yards per touch in the game at Cal.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Former Tampa Berkeley Prep standout Nelson Agholor had two of Southern California's NCAA record-tying three punt returns for touchdowns in the Trojans' 62-28 win over Cal on Saturday.

Agholor, a sophomore receiver, started the scoring for USC (7-3, 4-2 Pac-12) with a 75-yard return in the first quarter and added a 93-yarder late in the second to help the Trojans win for the fourth time in five games under interim coach Ed Orgeron, who replaced the fired Lane Kiffin.

"The best thing about getting that first return is it gave the rest of those guys confidence that we could block the same way," Agholor said. "You return one and everyone wants to return another. That's a unit-type thing; we want to get in the end zone. Punt returns are not done by one person. One guy is not going to juke out 11 people. Those guys blocked well, and we were able to make the play."

Agholor joined Mike Garrett as the only USC players with two punt-return touchdowns in a game. Garrett set his record at Cal in 1965, the year he won the Heisman Trophy.

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Ex-bay area star rolls at USC 11/09/13 [Last modified: Sunday, November 10, 2013 12:01am]

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