USC Morning Buzz

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee caught his first touchdown pass since last year’s UCLA game when he made his 80-yard dash to the end zone.

“It’s been a minute,” Lee joked.

Meanwhile, QB Cody Kessler said last week’s 19 passes against Boston College was not a sign of an unbalanced offense.

“Not at all,” Kessler said. “What we did was perfect, honestly, we don’t need to pass more. It was balanced in terms of where the game was.” Full story here

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  • Trojan Hoarse

    Gee…. I dunno, Wolf….. 264 yards passing + 257 yards rushing seems pretty balanced to me, no?….granted, 19 passing attempts vs 43 rushing attempts is certainly NOT balanced, but the running game has helped to open up the passing game, after a QB decision was finally made….

    • Golden Trojan

      Good points TH, equal yardage, running eats up the clock and they won 35-7. Sounds like a good game plan, finally.

      • Stu Azole

        I think it was a brilliant game. Lane really earned a few more years.

        • Trojan Hoarse

          Feel free to take your tongue out of your cheek, Azhole…..

  • TrojanFamily

    Balance in this context is the wrong variable. Ask yourself, was the offense effective and efficient? Obviously it was against BC. The number of times USC threw the football is less important than whether the passing game opened up the running game (it did in stark contrast to the WSU game) and how efficient was it (nearly perfect completion percentage, very nice yards per attempt ratio). Now of course it was not the most effective defense USC will play so I wouldn’t yet draw too many conclusions from the performance. But anyone who finds fault with last week’s offense just doesn’t understand the game of football.

    • Trojan Hoarse

      Context is not Scotties strong suit…….

    • gotroy22

      Really? Listening to you rah rahs one would think this performance was against a competent defense.

      • TrojanFamily

        How many points would USC have had to score and/or how many yards would it have had to gain for you to consider it an effective, even laudable performance? You can’t change BC. I’m not arguing this is evidence that USC has fixed its offense problems. I’m acknowledging that it a damned good performance. If you say it is not, tell me what would have made it? 1000 yards? 200 points? 1000 points? Or would just come back again and say “it was just BC?”

        • Trojan Hoarse

          Got Roy’s Tutu will NEVER give USC credit for ANYTHING…..So tutu, specifically who would be the next “competent defense” on our schedule???? ….ASU?…..C’mon, big boy…. call your shot…..

  • Stu Azole

    So tell me, Trogies, did Land decide DJ Calhoun’s not good enough for SC now too, or is that just another straight decommit?

    • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

      Still got USC on the brain, I see.

      • Trojan Hoarse

        24/7…..and you are assuming that he even HAS a brain……

      • Stu Azole

        LOL, fun to poke at me without answering the question – how’d you just lose DJ? What could have happened? Haha! Lane don’t know ON!

        • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

          I’m not him, therefore I dont know where his mind is at. Now I pose you this question, why do you spend the majority of your time on USC’s blog? Desperate for acceptance?

        • Trojan Hoarse

          I’ll jump in here…. What specific source are you referring to concerning Calhoun’s alleged decommit?…..if you think that by him visiting other schools is definitely an official decommit, then think again…. granted, it doesn’t look too good, but if that’s the case, remember that many recruits take all of their official visits just because they can…..

          • Stu Azole

            right. He’s gone. See ya!

          • Trojan Hoarse

            “LOL, fun to poke at me without answering the question”…. so who is the hypocrite NOW?????

  • Scott

    I agree completely with TFam and THoarse. 50/50 runs and passes is not the goal. The goal varies from situation to situation, but overall, obviously, it is to maximize points, and at certain times, time of possession.

    Ultra-critical as we have all been about LK (justifiably), he called a good game on Saturday. For at least one week anyway, he overcame his overwhelming love of throwing the ball and ended up scoring 35 points on offense.

    Not sure where the idea that a passing offense scores more points comes from, look at Oregon the past few years. Under Kelly they ran about 63% of the time and averaged 43 points per game. I’m not saying always run more than pass, but if the other team has trouble stopping your running game, it can lead to some great production.

  • Golden Trojan

    Speaking of Offense, check out Chris Dufresne, LA Times about head coaches calling plays. Certainly helped the Chargers getting rid of Norv Turner. Now plays come in quicker, QB can call the play, look over the defense and still have 5 seconds on the play clock. Something to think about Lane!