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Cody Kessler officially named starting quarterback at USC

Cody Kessler was officially named the starting quarterback at USC after 2 games. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) After two games, USC made it official: Cody Kessler is the Trojans' starting quarterback. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

USC officially named Cody Kessler as its starting quarterback and he will start Saturday against Boston College, USC coach Lane Kiffin said Monday.

Kessler started the first two games for the Trojans this season, a 30-13 road victory over Hawaii and a 10-7 home loss to Washington State on Saturday.

In the game against the Cougars, Kessler went 8-of-13 for 41 yards and rushed for a 4-yard touchdown. Max Wittek relieved Kessler after halftime and went 3-of-8 for 13 yards.

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The Trojans had 193 yards of total offense on 63 plays, and did not complete a pass for more than eight yards. It was Washington State's first victory over USC since 2002.