LOS ANGELES (AP) — When J.T. Daniels left the field unable to put weight on his right leg, the quarterback's Southern California teammates understandably fell into a funk that lasted through halftime.

Velus Jones Jr.'s magnificent kickoff return finally roused the Trojans to persevere for a gritty opening win in a season that looks uncertain.

Vavae Malepeai rushed for a career-high 134 yards and Jones returned a kickoff 101 yards for a score in a 31-23 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night.

Daniels passed for 215 yards before getting hurt on a blitz 27 seconds before halftime. The sophomore returned to the sideline on crutches with a brace on his right knee for the second half, and the Trojans say they won't know the extent of his injury before an MRI exam Sunday morning.

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