Stanford coach David Shaw defended USC coach Clay Helton after the Cardinal lost, 45-20, on Saturday night.
“Clay Helton has heard a lot of crap from a lot of people for a lot of things,” Shaw said. “He’s one heck of football coach, and he’s got a really good football team.”
But Shaw did a bigger favor for Helton during the game when you consider his defensive game plan.
USC started a true freshman QB and the Cardinal stayed in their basic four-man pass rush for most of the game.
Stanford rarely if ever blitzed. If the Cardinal watched the Fresno State film, it saw there were times when blitzing worked.
But they turned Saturday’s game into a pitch-and-catch exercise for Kedon Slovis and the USC offense. It was almost like a 7-on-7 game.
It will be interesting to see if BYU and future opponents decide the next few weeks to be as vanilla as Stanford’s defense.