USC-Arizona State Live Blog

USC is going to win despite being outcoached.

USC scores a TD on a lucky tipped pass and now has a chance to win the game.

Graham Harrell has been awful today with his playcalling.

USC cannot convert on fourth-and-short. Arizona State comes back with field goal and it’s 27-14 Sun Devils.

  • The defense, when it isn’t committing pass interference, leaves a big hole for Jayden Daniels to run through.
  • The second half is off to a great start!
  • Does USC look better in any facet of the game from last season?
  • We waited months for this first half? It’s halftime and USC trails ASU, 17-14.
  • Todd Orlando making huge difference as defense gives up 55-yard pass and run. Shoddy. It’s 17-14, ASU.
  • Is Clancy Pendergast coaching? The defense was aligned to the wrong side of field on TD run.
  • USC still lousy on fourth-and-1.
  • And that’s the end of the first quarter. USC up 7-3.
  • No fumble the second time around as Stephen Carr takes it into the end zone for a 7-3 USC lead.
  • Vavae Malepeai returns favor with his own fumble at goal line.
  • Jack Jones’ fumbled punt return just like the 2017 Notre Dame game, where he also fumbled.
  • The people who paid $333 for a cardboard cutout that was placed with its back to the TV cameras are not getting their money’s worth.
  • Are you awake?
  • Now that we are here. This 9 a.m. kickoff feels ridiculous.

150 thoughts on “USC-Arizona State Live Blog

  1. If fans can’t be in stadium who cares what time kickoff happens? All these guys grew up playing games in the morning, it shouldn’t be a factor at all.

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  2. Getting up at this time in the morning feels like going to work. The usual game day prep is not the same because it’s rushed. The family is still in bed. I have to go outside to warm up my voice and it’s raining.
    I’ll just shout a couple of things here and spare the neighborhood until game time.

    “Throw the ball!”
    ” C’mon ref will you open your eyes? ”
    ” Throw it, throw it, throw it, ….damn! ”
    ” In this sport if the receiver is giving a piggy back ride to the defender it’s called interference! ”
    “Ref where’d you go to school Arizona State or Notre Dame?”
    “Stop the clock! You don’t have all day”
    ” Just fire him and let the real coaches take over will you”
    ” He’d have scored if the ref wasn’t busy blowing the play dead”
    ” What do you need to throw that damn ball? ”
    ” If you drop the ball one more time, Helton is going to promote to assistant head coach where you’ll only be half as useless! ”
    ” Can we get a flag with that interference? ”
    ” Never mind the holding ref, it was a backward lateral not a forward pass. We recovered, it’s our ball! Geez do you need a rulebook? ”

    Okay I’m ready, start the game will you please?

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    1. Pudly is in mid-season form, he’s been up since 4 a.m. gargling with Listerine, waiting in anticipation for his post game congratulatory rub down and soft tissue massage that he gives Clay Helton.

      Win or lose, Pudly provides the service to Clay.

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  3. Brenda Pili broke her finger and now she’s sitting out this game.

    Maybe somebody should tell Brenda Pili that there’s this invention called a splint that one could put on their finger which would allow them to play.

    Brenda Pili is worried that if he plays he could risk further injury tp his finger…she might end up breaking the nail.

    LOL!!!!

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  4. “Are you awake”? is the question they will be asking Shedon Slovis when they get him to the sideline after taking a hit from an ASU defensive lineman in the 2nd qtr.

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    1. The time is fine. The reasoning for the game time by Commissioner Scott is wrong. USC is not a national team at the moment. No one cares east of Mississippi about USC unfortunately.

      Final score USC 35 ASU 17

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  5. The Lane Kiffin bubble screen play is alive and well.

    Apparently Graham Harrell has something against having Shedon Slovis throw the ball more than 5 yards downfield.

    Her elbow is probably still tender.

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  6. USC year in and year out has had so many 4 & 5 star WR recruits and none of them have been able to get open downfield.

    I guess that’s what happens when you have idiots like Sarkisian, Kiffin, Helton and Harrell dinking and dunking all the time…the only route they know is sideways

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  7. The usual dumb play calling —go for the long pass on 3rd and 1, blow it, then run into the middle of the ASU defense on 4th and one.
    One minute later: TD ASU!

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      1. Hey gotroll22, your boy trump got bounced.

        Trump is throwing tantrums, having meltdowns every 5 minutes.

        OH MY SIDE HURTS FROM LAUGHING SO MUCH!!!

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      2. Enjoy Raheem while you can, gt. Can’t imagine he’ll be allowed to go on exercising what we used to call his “1st Amendment Rights” much longer….

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      1. The Supreme Court? I only hope the Supreme Court [or the Justice Department] bothers to get involved, gt….
        #TheyMightBeTooScared…
        #…[RumorsThatRobertsAndBarrHaveFledCountry]

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  8. Our kicker has been flirting with the idea of kicking it into the stands on EVERY kick —finally he succeeded.
    1 minute later –TD ASU.
    We might win —but this isn’t a playoff team. It’s a Folt/Bohn/Helton style team.

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    1. Even with a completely new offensive line…just spoon and fork against any D that has spent time ‘practicing’ in the vicinity of Captain Benteen…what is that definition of insanity again? As much talent as they have on offense, they’ll probably get hot and run up points and win…and in this conference…but anyone thinking that anything meaningful has changed…

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      1. Hmm…Herm Edwards and Marvin Lewis vs Hugs & ____ … I honestly hadn’t looked at this site in months, and then got some spurious email this morning that given this matchup I just had to click on (to see how many of you are still here – and when I saw you and most of the gang were onboard…well, had to at least give a shout out!)…but always a pleasure to exchange pleasantries with you all…

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      2. From where I’m sitting, it looks like we’re getting outcoached on both sides of the ball. The zone is bothering Slovis …and Harrell doesn’t yet know how to deal with it (hint: we do have receivers other than St. Brown —maybe time to try somebody else —especially since Jack Jones seems to be ready for him). On defense it looks like our secondary is out of position on every ball that goes more than 15 yards (out of concern for Daniels?).
        Whatever happens, welcome back, James!

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      1. Why? He’s right in the thick of things! What’s so awful about losing big 2 games in a row?
        #He’llBounceBack….
        #…Never

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    1. As much as it was good to take a break (and think it wise to go back into cold storage myself after this)…it’s comments like this that make me second-guess not tuning in more often! This is Top 10 all-time in my book…

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  9. Really I’m not sure if I am going to be alive when USC comes back to form. I’m only 65
    Unacceptable mistakes and winded players is not USC football that I remember.

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      1. I wish! USC can overcome ASU —But USC cannot overcome Helton.
        #ClayLikesFinesse…HeDoesn’tLikeAFight…
        #FootballIsAFight
        #UrbanKnowsThat,HermKnowsThat…PoorClayDoesn’t

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      1. They won’t EXACTLY ignore it, 67 —they’ll “happy talk” it to death…..
        #”WeDidGreatForFirstGame!”
        #”SoProudOfOurWarriors!”
        #[PlayersDeserveSoMuchMore]!

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  10. So the camera pans a row of cutouts and fifteen rows up is stadium security keeping the crowd off the field. Oh wait it’s Helton keeping people out of the stadium.
    There’s no jumping on the bandwagon until there’s a bandwagon. Right now there’s no band and a busted wagon.

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    1. Is it possible to buy a cutout of a sign that says FIRE HELTON? And really fix needs a canned boo from the crowd because that’s what I’d be doing right now.

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    1. Let’s see Clay defend Orlando at the presser—he had a YEAR to get ready for Daniels —- and he hasn’t got a clue how to do it….
      #USC:CoachingHomeForTheNCAA’s2ndRaters

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    1. While I’m frustrated also, take out 4 scampers–38 yd & 31 yd by Daniels (due to poor edge containment) and 2 scampers by the RB’s (25 and 21) and Orlando’s D gives up 250 yds.

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      1. Who is we? The only way she will ever get fired is if she makes some kind of politically incorrect film like our video film maker made.

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      2. Never going to happen. I guess, ’67, you haven’t noticed that Clown U has stopped shooting itself in the foot on a monthly basis.

        Unfortunately, SUCC has to endure another Andyain’twinning BB season.

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