Los Angeles, CA – The USC Trojans were desperate to get a victory over the No. 21 ranked Colorado Buffaloes who were defeated in close game 21-17 at the Coliseum.
It wasn’t the best looking game with glitz and glamour but you did see some tough grind it out football.
One play that personified the grind was in 4th quarter tied up 14-14 with less than ten minutes on the clock from their 30 yard line. It was 2nd & 10 when wide receiver Darreus Rodgers jumped on a 50/50 ball and took ball away to scamper for 46 yards pick up that lead to a touchdown and the lead 21-14.
The Trojans did finish the game with 539 total offensive yards with 358 yards from Sam Darnold arm.
The quarterback switch for the Trojans has shown big benefits, USC head coach Clay Helton said, “When have athletic quarterback gotta let him play, and not put him in a box”, “I can live with the interception, just a freshman mistake.”
On defense Adoree’ Jackson made an incredible interception in the game by toeing the line as came down from soaring high for the pick. Jackson spoke about using his long jump technique called hitch where keep arms and legs moving with keep core tight to control your body. This stalled Colorado drive in the second half to get his offensive back on the field to score.
They last two games the USC defense have been put in the right positions to make plays. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast was praised by coach Helton in post game press conference about his pressure on opposing team quarterbacks.
The USC Trojans know back to .500 ball with a 3-3 record will travel to Tucson to face the Arizona Wildcats Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. on Fox.