He dragged defenders down the field for a touchdown and was in the end zone playing defense on the final play of the game. And he caused Clay Helton to fall in the end zone. Points deducted for being a main culprit in taunting at end, however.
His 35-yard catch over a UCLA defender set up in the game-winning TD. He also caught a 38-yard TD in the third quarter to snap USC out of its doldrums. Not bad for being the “third receiver.”
He bounced back from that minus-2 yards rushing last week vs. Washington State and gained 129 yards with a TD against UCLA.
He didn’t have any penalties. But was that more because the refs missed the grabbing?
The tight end didn’t actually catch a pass but he was wide open on a play and the ball was poorly thrown. So that’s progress.
How long did it take him to get the defensive signals in or the defense lined up? He allowed 549 yards in total offense. His pass defense let DTR complete 30 of 36 passes. He let UCLA rush for 185 yards. But he will get portrayed as a defensive savior by the USC athletic dept.
I had NFL coaches texting me during the game that couldn’t believe USC wasn’t running the ball against the defensive scheme. USC had 30 yards in the first half. It wasn’t until the second half he started running, almost begrudingly.
Can’t say I expected him to get less opportunities this season than last season. But the great Harrell doesn’t like to run the ball and won’t budge off his iron-clad rotation of non-breakaway threats.
More than a few people don’t seem to understand that lack of discipline can cost you in a close game. Or against a good team. I don’t know what Talanoa Hufanga was doing staying tangled with a UCLA player but he wasn’t ready on the next play, which became a TD.
What happens if a taunting USC player gets into a fight after the game? Would they be held out of the Pac-12 title game? Remember two years ago when Iman Marshall taunted the Cal sideline and it allowed the Bears to win the game?
Was that a fake punt at the worst possible time? Were those the worst fourth-down hurry-up plays? No wonder UCLA is 5 for 15 on fourth down this season.
No one has talked about it but what was that 3rd and 2 play on the USC 24-yard line with a minute left? Did he want DTR to just get a good spot for the field goal? You’re playing USC and giving them 53 seconds to score? Go for a TD and run more time off the clock.
|Can’t believe UCLA fans are accepting that coaching effort.|