Los Angeles, Ca – USC get back on track with a 45-7 confidence builder as the beat Utah St back home at the Coliseum after a slow start.
The final score may look like it was easy but they had to work for today’s victory. They were led by quarterback Max Brown who settled down this week and managed to go 23/30 for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
What a difference a week makes, even behind a conservative called game USC was able to finish with 422 yards of total offense against the Aggies. Utah St was able to move ball some on USC defense with 253 total yards offense.
Two main targets for Brown was Sr wide receiver Darreus Rogers who had seven catches for 82 yards and JuJu Smith-Schuster who also caught 7 pass with two touchdowns. The short pass and wide receiver screens were the main plays of choice.
I can understand USC thought process was to put their players in space and compete mono – mono. So in the end the Aggies didn’t have enough top athletes to compete for the full game.
At the half the Trojans held a 21-0 lead, Clay Helton said, “Wanted to play ball control offense”
You can always count on Adoree’ Jackson to electrify the crowd somehow, that he did with 77 yard punt return for a touchdown.
Linebacker Cameron Smith on of two starters on the USC front seven led the defense with 13 tackles.
In the first half a the Trojans defense stopped the Aggies and then blocked punt by Michael Pittman Jr. and recovered by Quinton Powell (#6) and ball returned to 6 yard line for very short field. This punt block lead to first points of game with the Smith-Schuster 3 yard touchdown catch and 7-0 lead.
All in all USC will have to play a lot better when they travel up to the Farm to play Stanford and Christian McCaffrey on the September 17th.