Caleb Williams didn’t need Jordan Addison or Mario Williams. He kept making throw-after-throw and it didn’t help that Arizona had an anemic pass rush. But let’s be clear. Williams again was why USC won the game.
Travis Dye just produced another workmanlike 100-yard performance. For all the talk of rotating backs at the beginning of the season, Austin Jones hardly plays and Raleek Brown sure hasn’t lived up to the Week 1 hype. But he’s only a freshman.
Imagine how happy some of these guys were knowing they would get to play more. Kyle Ford, Michael Jackson and Terrell Bynum in particular benefitted from the lack of depth. Tahj Washington got to be the go-to receiver for a game.
They had it made going against a defense ranked No. 123rd nationally in sacks. But they didn’t exactly dominate either. It was an OK effort against an awful defense. Terrell Bynum finally caught a TD pass but it was called back by a holding penalty on Mason Murphy.
The best thing that can be said is this unit was better than the linebackers or defensive backs. Stanley Ta’ufo’ou had three tackles and a tackle for loss for another solid game.
Eric Gentry was missed, especially in pass coverage. One thing these linebackers are not great at is defending the pass. It’s a headache for Alex Grinch.
There were busted coverages that looked embarrassing and it was basically a test of survival for a group that doesn’t like to face 43 passes. Bryson Shaw was a bright spot but Ceyair Wright had two pass interference penalties and the Trojans were fortunate not to give up even more points.
Quite a forgetful night in Tucson for this group. Denis Lynch missed two field goals and Aadyn Sleep-Dalton had a 27-yard punt. Maybe USC needs a special teams coach.
Lincoln Riley can call a game. That’s apparent every week. He’s definitely got the offense humming. But can anyone say the defense is anything to write home about? Is it getting better? We knew this would happen before the season. They gave up 163 yards rushing and 380 passing. They are basically trying to survive and not get outscored.
The Pac-12 didn’t even have the guts Monday to admit it screwed up at the end of the first half. Apparently it didn’t meet the criteria. Whatever. It’s easy to always blame officials and USC has gotten the benefit of some bad calls too. But how does it get fixed if George Kliavkoff doesn’t acknowledge it?