LOS ANGELES – Late in the fourth quarter of USC 45-20's victory over No. 23 Stanford, the Trojans student section burst into chanting, "We love Slovis! We love Slovis! ”
Seconds later, their man, true freshman Keden Slovis, fired his third and final pass of the night to put the finishing touches on the USC route. He was so in tune with the play that he did not forget the admiration his classmates were pouring over him.
"I didn't hear them chant my name," said Slavis, "but that's pretty cool, I guess. "
Slovis' debut as a starter for the Trojans, a week after sophomore JT Daniels was lost for the season with a torn ACL, couldn't have gone much better. He completed 28 of 33 passes for 377 yards without The interceptions were especially good as the Trojans completed the 42-3 run.
The 377 passing yards broke the school record of a true freshman in his first career start.
New USC offensive coordinator Graham Harel did not he was the least surprised.
"That's what I expected him to do," Harel said. you calling were themselves from the outset, it is special and we have a lot of confidence in him. And we put him there. This is what we expected of him. He did his job and did it well.
"From the beginning I said he was a special kid."
Slovis enrolled at USC in the spring after a solid, though unspectacular, high school career at Desert Mountain High in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he coached Kurt Warner did not play with future Division I players in a team that was 3-7 last year. During spring training and fall camp, Slovis did enough to pass redshirt freshman Matt Fink and redshirt sophomore Jack Sears to earn backup work.  USC coach Clay Helton's message to Harrell was simple.
"Although young, we called him number 2 for a reason," Helton said. "Let's cut it short."
Slovis's performance breathes life into a season of USC that doesn't generate much buzz during the off-season. The Trojans (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) head to BYU next weekend before returning to Los Angeles to host their favorite Utah conference on Sept. 20.