Everything is relative. Caleb Williams offered a fairly pedestrian performance. Would you trade him? Nope. Some of it is the shoddy pass protection. Some of it is an inability to handle that defensive formation Oregon State originated and Washington State copied. It’s up to the coaches to fix it.
I’m high on Travis Dye. Actually, I’ve been a fan since he decided to transfer. Who else looks so hungry for yards after the initial contact? It’s better when Dye gets more carries at the expense of Austin Jones. I bet Jones regrets transferring but I addressed that months ago in the link too.
I’m getting just a little tired of this group. All the hype and they put up a fairly dull performance. Is it them or the offense? I understand the offensive line has something to do with it but I thought Brenden Rice and some others would do more. Or get more opportunities.
Something seems amiss on pass protection. It just seemed like when Caleb Williams dropped back, he was running for his life after about 1.5 seconds. Before the season, it would not be a surprise to hear this. But then the media spin started taking over that the line was so improved. Except it wasn’t. Another week with a TD called back for a holding penalty. There were two holding penalties that didn’t show up in the stats because they were declined.
Tuli Tuipulotu is earning that Mercedes from Fletcher Jones with three sacks and five tackles. Perfect example of the three-star recruit who outperforms all the higher-rated prospects. Give credit to the nucleus of Tuipulotu, Solomon Byrd, Nick Figueroa, Stanley Ta’ufo’ou and Tyrone Taleni. I wish I had a dollar for every time the fanboy media predicts a big game for Solomon Tuliaupupu or Korey Foreman. The duo combined for one tackle Saturday.
They started to look mortal the past couple weeks. But Ralen Goforth did a nice job with a team-high eight tackles. Eric Gentry missed a sure sack but had five tackles.
There was some rough patches in the first half, including a couple poor plays from Anthony Beavers. I’m not sold on corneback Ceyair Wright yet but teams seem to always attack Mekhi Blackmon, who gets the opponents’ No. 1 receiver. How many drops did Washington State have?
Give credit to punter Aadyn Sleep-Dalton. He just showed up from Australia and kicks consistently. He averaged 45 yards a punt and doesn’t seem fazed. The rest of the special teams was OK too.
This was not a crisp coaching performance, to be honest. There weren’t a lot of adjustments offensively and you had two 12-men-on-the-field penalties. With all these skill players, USC should be scoring more points. And the defense just cannot stop giving up rushing yards. But overall Lincoln Riley loves being in the Pac-12 instead of dealing with Kansas State and Oklahoma State.