The USC defense gave up touchdowns in five of Utah’s final six possessions. The sixth possession was a fumble at the 3-yard line.
That’s the kind of defense Clancy Pendergast and Todd Orlando would be proud of.
None of it was new. I harped on the defense’s ability to give up all kinds of yards every week. Sometimes, it was vs. the run and sometimes the pass.
But the fanboy media, which tries to create myths in the offseason about the offensive line or certain players, tried to rehabilitate the defense. The culmination was the Washington State game, where they ignored Jaylen Jenkins rushing for 130 yards. This is the same Washington State team that produced 10 points last night at Oregon State.
USC’s defense has plenty of holes. It gets worse when no adjustments are made to cover the tight end and it tries to survive in a bend-but-don’t-break mentality.
- Let’s not let the offense off the hook either. The offensive line has Caleb Williams running for his life too often and that’s when drives stalled out. It’s happened in recent games prior to Utah too. So again, not a surprise.
- There’s also been a mythology about Lincoln Riley, mainly because people were so sick of Clay Helton. Riley is a good coach but not beyond reproach. He wasn’t coaching aggressively at the end of the game. He arrogantly decided Utah might score a TD and then would go to overtime.
So he never called timeout while Utah was burning precious seconds off the clock near the goal line. These things never bite you against the Fresno States and Stanfords but then you play a better-than-average team and boom!
- Then, the fans. I had some on twitter telling me a couple weeks ago that USC could beat Georgia. These people see what they want to see at games. And they are clueless.
- I said this last night: This loss isn’t that big a deal. It doesn’t matter USC lost if the Trojans win their next five games. I expect USC to win its next five games. If it fixes some of the nagging problems. But too many were getting carried away and waving a towel because USC beat a bunch of fairly mediocre teams. Now back to reality.