Is there anything Caleb Williams can’t do? He makes touchdown throws going against his body, eludes sacks and constantly pulls something out of nothing. I don’t even care he threw an interception. I’d love to see him play Alabama, Georgia or Ohio State.
They weren’t exactly breathtaking but they always get bonus points because Travis Dye is ready to check people’s egos when necessary.
It was good to see more receivers involved even with Jordan Addison and Mario Williams the top two receivers as usual. I’m not sure why tight end Malcom Epps isn’t utilized more given his athleticism. He’s caught three passes in five games.
The sycophants will try to blame it all on Justin Dedich not playing. C’mon. The line was getting beaten all over the place, not just one spot. Did Andrew Vorhees get a holding penalty because Dedich didn’t play? They had a lousy game. The end.
Stanley Ta’ufo’ou doesn’t get a lot of publicity but led the line with four tackles. They need to get better against the run, however, as the Trojans are ranked No. 84 nationally in run defense.
Now we know one reason Nick Saban wasn’t playing Shane Lee. His coverage skills are, uh, suspect. This was the worst performance of the season for the linebackers, which is good because it shows what they need to improve as two competent quarterbacks are ahead.
Did you think Emory Jones would complete 23 of 32 passes for 243 yards? He sliced up the secondary until Alex Grinch blitzed more and this week will be another challenge vs. Washington State QB Cameron Ward. Hopefully Domani Jackson keeps getting more playing time.
They got caught off guard on the onside kick. And committed two illegal block in the back penalties on kick returns. This type of stuff makes a difference in a close game. Does it matter USC doesn’t have a special teams coach?
Can anyone say Arizona State defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson didn’t have the best game plan? USC was simply saved by Caleb Williams’ wizardry. I liked that Alex Grinch made noticeable halftime adjustments that influenced the game. It’s refreshing to see changes being made if something isn’t working.
These strength coaches have no idea of the tradition of USC, or maybe more important, UCLA, where towel waving is admired. They need to stop. Now.