USC Morning Buzz: A Victory That Ended With Quiet Celebration

USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold celebrates after defeating the UCLA Bruins 28-23 during a NCAA college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

USC held off UCLA, 28-23, but even many of the fans seemed to grow weary of the Trojans not passing the eye test.

Excerpt: The Trojans did just enough to win but not enough to make anyone think they would defeat a top 10 team. That will not matter to Clay Helton but it matters to the Trojans’ fan base and to Athletic Director Lynn Swann.

They will want to know how USC rushed for 153 yards against the nation’s worst run defense, which surrendered 302.3 yards rushing before the game. That was 9 yards less than Memphis gained against UCLA, the Bruins’ best effort of the season.

They will also want to know how USC’s secondary allowed 421 yards passing and wide receiver Jordan Lasley to catch three touchdown passes. This is normal for a garden-variety Pac-12 defense but USC is supposed to be an elite team.

Wolf: USC won Crosstown Rivalry but few celebrated

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The Pac-12 South Sinks

When you hear Clay Helton point out again that USC won the Pac-12 South, remember that every other team has at least 3 conference losses. It’s a truly awful division.

By the way, UCLA’s 501 yards in offense was the most allowed by USC since Helton officially took over as the Trojans’ coach.

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Discuss The USC-UCLA Game

The crowd was almost silent as time expired. It was that unimpressive. A five-point victory over a 16-point underdog. Clancy Pendergast’s pass coverage is awful. UCLA’s defense gave up its fewest rushing yards of the season (153). Memphis had 162 vs. UCLA.

This was another typical Clay Helton victory. Uninspired and sloppy (11 penalties for 115 yards).

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USC Morning Buzz: It’s Crosstown Rivalry Game Day!

The USC-UCLA game is finally upon us. The spread is 16 points. It’s the first and likely last meeting between Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen. But not the last meeting between Clay Helton and Jim Mora.

What will the crowd be? I doubt UCLA fans want to come to the Coliseum in such a dreary season. And USC fans have shown all season they do not turn up in great numbers.

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Clown Conference

Did you see on the Pac-12 schedule released yesterday that next year’s conference title game will be on a Friday (Nov. 30).

That’s another sign of a Clown Conference. Not big enough to get your game on Saturday.

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Newspaper Notice Of Day

You might associate Chick Hearn as the Lakers legend. But he also did USC football and basketball games from 1956-61 like this notice shows from 1958. The TV announcer is actually spelled Bill Welsh, who also did USC games for KTTV (Channel 11).

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