Lane Kiffin repeated his standard summary of the season when he went to El Paso this week:
“We started the season 6-1. We were at Arizona on the road up 15; we had the ball, and we missed a deep pass that would have put us up 22. They threw one to us and we dropped it.
“We lost the game and had a bad month, a five-week span where we went 1-4 after going 6-1.”
Does Kiffin really believe USC beats Oregon, UCLA or Notre Dame if Matt Barkley completed a deep pass to Robert Woods against Arizona. Does beating Arizona change Kiffin’s playcalling on a goal-line stand against the Irish?
Does USC’s defense stop Oregon if Barkley completes that pass? Seems like a rationalization for the season’s woes.