Yet another game where Kedon Slovis did not look like himself. Or what he was supposed to be this season. Do people still really think there is not some issue with him? And why can’t he play like he does in the fourth quarter all the time?
UCLA was geared to the pass and couldn’t tackle. So it was nice to see USC finally recognize that and Vavae Malepeai was able to rush for 110 yards.
Another game where Drake London showed why he deserves more chances. The tight ends were targeted five times (three catches) so that’s progress.
They were at full strength which really doesn’t mean much. They had real problems facing a four-man front, including two holding penalties and constant pressure on Slovis. If USC didn’t pull out the last-minute victory, their weaknesses would be a bigger issue.
Drake Jackson had five tackles but a few came when UCLA inexplicably refused to have any try to block him. It was Marlon Tuipulotu’s quietest game of the season (one tackle) but his brother (Tuli) was busy (nine tackles).
Got burned on the 69-yard TD to tight end Greg Dulcich and missed some sacks. Not a night to remember but that applies to the entire defense.
People seem to overlook UCLA completed 30 of 36 passes. Or that Talanoa Hufanga took a bad angle on the first touchdown. Or that there was an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Gary Bryant’s kick return set up the game-winning touchdown and USC seemed ready for UCLA’s horrific attempt to fake a punt.
What took longer? Todd Orlando getting his defenses ready to line up for a quick-pace offense or Graham Harrell refusing to recognize UCLA was soft against the run? Clay Helton didn’t have to do too much until he fell in the end zone.