Tale Of The Tape

Are Pac-12 officiating crews better and more detailed than other conferences or just tighter?

USC had three penalties and Boston College two with an ACC crew. USC had 14 penalties and Oregon State 13 with a Pac-12 unit.

Sarkisian On Tailbacks’ Problem

Here’s Steve Sarkisian on making the tailbacks more elusive: “You have to have a plan. It’s not just react to it when you’re there. You have to have a plan of what you’re going to try to do in the open field and where you can have the most success. So we’ll work on it with them.”

Scott Ross Tribute

HARLOW2Oregon State offensive tackle Sean Harlow, the son of former USC offensive lineman Pat Harlow, wrote No. 35 on his wrist Saturday night in a tribute to former Trojans linebacker Scott Ross, who died last week of heart failure. Ross wore No. 35 at USC.

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USC Morning Buzz: Trojans Want To Avoid Overconfidence

USC is 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2007. But that hardly led to any cause for celebration for the Trojans who do not want another letdown.

“Nobody ever likes losing and the way we lost (to Boston College), that’s not ‘SC ball,” safety-linebacker Su’a Cravens said. “I felt like that hunger, that attitude of being dominant on the field came back. That attitude we had against Fresno State came back. It showed.”

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Adoree Jackson’s Play Count

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Adoree Jackson spent four plays on offense, 28 on defense and 12 on special teams against Oregon State. The four offensive plays was Jackson’s second-lowest total of the season. He played only two offensive plays against Boston College.

An Even Bigger Role For Defensive Playmaker Su’a Cravens

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Su’a Cravens is arguably USC’s best player at the moment but when he plays linebacker he comes off the field during nickel-defense situations. That is going to change.

“We were hopeful that we could have increased (his role) by last night,” Steve Sarkisian said. “It’s just I don’t think Su’a or ourselves were comfortable enough with him being in there with that unit with some of the calls we had. It’ll be a point of emphasis of ours this week. He definitely has play making ability.”

Sunday Night With Sarkisian

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Maybe the most interesting from Steve Sarkisian’s meeting with reporters tonight is that he acknowleged the running backs are getting tackled too easily, especially in one-on-one situations in the secondary.

“When you’re one-on-one, that should be an advantage,” Sarkisian said.

He also mentioned special teams as the biggest disappointment of the game. Regarding kickoff coverage, Sarkisian said USC is not doing the things it practices during the week.

“That’s a problem and we need to fix it,” he said.

Meanwhile, offensive lineman Jordan Simmons suffered a bone bruise on his knee in practice late last week and will be out 1-2 weeks