USC employed sophomore defensive end Kyle Moore more (pardon the pun) against Oregon State as part of a traditional four-man pass rush. Perhaps an admission that the 3-4 defense (or whatever you want to call it with a fourth linebacker on the field) was not working as well as hoped?
For several weeks, we’ve stressed the theme, “Is USC improving?” in different posts. One example might be the offensive line, which committed several penalties, including false starts against Oregon State. In past years, it seemed like the noise from hostile crowds would cause penalties early in the season but then it would no longer become an issue.
“We really tried to stress that last week so it wasn’t an issue,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “I don’t think it was any louder than the other places we’ve played this season. But it still jumped up.”
Here’s the grades from the Oregon State game:
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In typical form, USC coach Pete Carroll said he will not discuss the BCS situation with the Trojans any more than a few comments following the loss to Oregon State.
“I wont spend any more time on it, Carroll said. “I havent even thought about it.
But the Pacific-10 Conference race is an acceptable talking point.
“We have to win every game, Carroll said. “Thats all. Thats the issue right now.