Kedon Slovis started off with 2 interceptions then spent the rest of the game running for his life from Kayvon Thibodeaux . . . and then got hurt on the last play. He’s either been hurt since the Holiday Bowl or gotten worse under Graham Harrell.
It must be hard to be a tailback for a team that hates to run the ball. Stephen Carr and Markese Stepp must wonder how they ended up in an Air Raid offense.
Grade: Inc. (incomplete)
Drake London can’t be tackled but USC acts like it needs to make sure other receivers get their catches too. Remember when Marqise Lee would get 15 catches a game and Lane Kiffin would say he needed more touches?
The offensive line is what it is. I’ve been writing it was a weakness for several years. It’s why USC can’t play Big Boy football. So why didn’t they double-team Thibodeaux the entire game?
Oregon tailback Sean Dollars had 1 carry for minus-5 yards entering the game. He then gained 52 yards in seven carries vs. USC for 7.4 yards a carry. No USC defensive lineman had more than three tackles.
The underappreciated story of this season is how Todd Orlando turned Drake Jackson from a pass rusher who would flash 2-3 times a game into a thinner player who drops 30 yards into pass coverage. The opposing teams must have loved it.
Talanoa Hufanga was named Pac-12 defensive player of the game. But it wasn’t based on this game. He whiffed a tackle near the goal line. Ran into the punter. And dropped an interception the end zone.
Sean Snyder is great for on-side kicks. But not-so-great when 10 men are on field for a punt; or Hufanga runs into the punter; or when Ben Griffiths has punt blocked.
The season was a one-game test against worse-than-expected Oregon team and USC flunked.
Mike Bohn touted a bunch of changes but the results were the same.
Clay Helton has no Plan B and burns too many timeouts.
Graham Harrell thinks he can beat Oregon with a one-dimensional offense.
Todd Orlando puts out a sloppy looking unit each week. Has he figured out yet what to do when Oregon puts Anthony Brown at QB?
It’s a godsend for USC that fans were not allowed this season or the booing would have been humilating for the program.
GRADE: A big, bright red . . .