Sam Darnold might not be perfect but in crunch time he bails out the Trojans (and the coaches). Imagine how good he would be with some coached-up receivers?
Those gaudy yards-per-carry averages finally came crashing down to earth. USC’s running game can be stopped. But the question going forward is how many teams in the Pac-12 have a front seven like Texas?
Dropped passes. Failure of any young receivers to emerge. Don’t mention Tyler Vaughns in response to that comment. He averaged 6 yards a reception. This is the result of the coaching staff not developing a lot of young receivers.
The best young receiver is a tailback (Stephen Carr) and the best TD reception was by a tailback (Ronald Jones).
Everyone was so happy after the Stanford game. But it must have been that Stanford’s defensive line was poor. USC was 0 for 3 on fourth down. There were the penalties. Sam Darnold got sacked three times. Wonder how Alabama would do?
Porter Gustin had two sacks in just one half with a screw coming out of his foot. And Texas averaged 1.9 yards per carry. Just like USC! Clay Helton praised Uchenna Nwosu and Christian Rector. But will Gustin be out now?
Part of the effort that stopped the run and without starter John Houston. But who was supposed to cover the tight end on TD pass? A linebacker or defensive back?
What a performance against a true freshman QB who was really a backup. A lesson was delivered by wide receiver Collin Johnson, who had 191 yards receiving and managed to burn multiple cornerbacks. Freshman Jack Jones had a nice interception but is celebrating or talking throughout the entire game.
Chase McGrath nailed two field goals under pressure. Especially the first one because USC loses if he misses. Special teams coach John Baxter needed to burn a timeout before a punt. Last week it was before a kickoff. One punt inside the 5 was because Texas inexplicably caught it. Still work to do.
They didn’t provide any timeouts for Sam Darnold on his final drive. They didn’t have Ronald Jones or Stephen Carr on the field for third-and-1. How about trying to throw a pass with 30 seconds left in the half? That didn’t hurt because of Ronald Jones’ miracle play to end the half. When will some young receivers be developed? So this was the nation’s best QB against a true freshman in his second start. Better to just out-talent teams.