“All gas and no breaks, that’s basically how we need to come out and play.”
– USC cornerback Adoree Jackson on what defense needs to do
Should USC fans expect the Trojans to lay an egg every now and then? Washington fans seem to think so. They point out last year the Huskies going to Tempe and giving up 585 yards in total offense during a 53-24 loss to Arizona State.
Washington was 4-17 on third down. USC was 2-11 against Boston College.
The USC-Oregon State game at the Coliseum on Sept. 27 will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.
On top of everything else that happened at Boston College, there are also accusations USC taunted the Eagles before they came out of the tunnel for the kickoff. The referees clearly were forced to come over and keep the Trojans away from the tunnel before the game.
Initially, I thought this was to keep USC from going into the end zone to pray because it was directly where Boston College emerged between two towers of fire in a big production. But this account mentions “the Trojan stood by the torch towers, dancing and taunting the large, gold BC banner behind which the Eagles stood.”
USC administrator J.K. McKay suffered rapid heart beat during halftime and was hospitalized as precaution. He returned to the stadium in the second half and flew home with the team.
Steve Sarkisian mentioned the offense having identity problems. Perhaps a good place to start fixing that is to get more touches for Juju Smith and Adoree Jackson. Smith caught six passes last night but most were short and did not put him in a good position. Jackson disappeared after catching a short pass behind the line for a loss.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian was in a reflective mood tonight as he analyzed the Boston College debacle.
“Tonight doesn’t feel any better than last night,” Sarkisian said. “We did not play very good football last night & that is a direct reflection on me as a football coach to get that fixed.”
Sarkisian said he will consider passing more as he tries to evaluate the playcalling following Boston College game.
`We need to get in a rhythm. We were choppy,” he said. “(The loss is) hard to swallow. Quite honestly I’m glad we have a bye week.’‘
While I was flying back from Boston, the AP poll came out and USC dropped to No. 17, eight spots lower than last week.
Maybe the next game when they hold those big signs on the sideline, someone can add “block” and “tackle.”
USC is closer to being 1-2 than being 3-0. The Trojans are actually Delvon Simmons’ thumb away from probably being 1-2 since he blocked a 49-yard field goal against Stanford.