USC vs. WSU: Home Win Streak Continues (Barely)

USC vs. Washington State
September 21, 2018 at 7:35pm
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: 52,421 (of 78,467)
Total Time: 3 hours 27 minutes

Two SCents

It’s great for USC to win in a dramatic fashion and claw their way back up to a .500 record, but don’t let a win cloud all glaring flaws. The number of bad snaps and messy handoffs were astounding—those are things that shouldn’t happen more than once every several games.

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The Trojans also depended too much on the referees. SEVEN first down from penalties, which accounts for almost one third (30.4%) of their total first downs. On the other side, the defense allowed the Cougars converted 100% of their first downs (3 of 3).

However, the D did adjust during the half, going from 2 or 3 pass rushers in a nickel formation to more blitzes. That slowed Wazzu’s passing offense down enough to squeeze out the win. The offensive coaching staff still need to get their crap together

J.T. Daniels passed better this game and the  receivers also made some fantastic, body-contorting catches.

Lastly, being able to come back from down 10 to win a game is a step in the right direction. One could argue, though, that they never should have been down 10 in the first place.

Ridiculous Stat of the Week: USC lost as many rush yards (-53) as Washington State’s top rusher ran for (54). Of those 53 lost yards, 17 came from one miscue.

P.S. A few weeks ago I said I’d tried to confirm the maximum capacity of the Coliseum. It is 78,467. You’re welcome.

USC vs. Texas: Losing Streak in TX Continues

Texas vs. USC
September 15, 2018 at 5:21pm
Darrell K Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX: 103,507 (of 100,119)
Total Time: 3 hours 37 minutes

Two SCents

Some games can’t be told by the stat line, but this one sure could. Negative 5 overall rush yards, allowing a 34-point scoring run, blocked field goal being returned for a TD, a freshman QB being forced to throw nearly 50 times in the game, 10 penalties for 99 yards, a drive stalling out at the Texas 3-yard line and averaging drives of 5.41 plays and 26 yards (including two drives with a net loss). Now that I’ve squeezed one sentence for all it’s worth, I’m wasting the second one, just like the Trojans wasted a game.

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I can’t give you all bad things, though it mostly was. The Trojans were playing decently until the bad review on the potential safety. Not only did they miss out on 2 points, but possession of the ball.

The series still sits at 5-2, dating back to 1955. That’s including the loss in the 2006 BCS national championship game that USC Sports Information office doesn’t admit.

Ridiculous Stat of the Week: USC did not score for over 45 minutes.

Ridiculous Stat of the Week #2: The -5 overall rush yards look bad, but when removing all lost yards from tackles for loss and sacks from the equation, it isn’t better at all. The Longhorns scored as many points as USC had in positive rush yards (37).

Ridiculous Stat of the Week #3: The Trojans have not won in the state of Texas since September of 1996 when they beat Houston 26-9 in a non-conference game. That was six head coaches ago.

Texas 2018 (non-conference): 14-37
Ohio State 2017 (Cotton Bowl: 7-24
Alabama 2016 (Advocare Classic): 6-52
Georgia Tech 2012 (Sun Bowl): 7-21
TCU 1998 (Sun Bowl): 19-28

USC vs. Stanford: Familiar Terror-tory

Stanford vs. USC
September 8, 2018 at 5:45pm
Stanford Stadium, Palto Alto, CA: 42,586
Total Time: 3 hours 13 minutes

If you’re wondering what that cursed image is, it’s a sculpture representing my facial expression during this entire game. It also happens to be actual “art” sitting on Stanford’s campus.

Two SCents

Despite repeatedly allowing tight end seam routes to pick up large chunks of yardage, the defense did enough to expect a win. The run offense managed decently (with over 4 yards per carry when not counting the 4 sacks allowed), but the sub 50% completion percentage constantly caused drives to sputter out.

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Falling behind early meant more passing. More passing meant moving away from a run game that was working towards a passing game that wasn’t. This game is enough to move my evaluation of Helton from “meh, but we’ll see” to a definitive “we need better.” If you believe differently, feel free to interject. At least they played a pretty clean game from a penalty perspective (4 for 35 yards)

Ridiculous Stat of the Week: 0 sacks of KJ Costello. Somehow they got away with that.

Ridiculous Stat of the Week #2: USC had as many turnovers as points

USC vs. UNLV: Still Alive

USC vs. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
September 1, 2018 at 1:07pm
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: 58,708
Total Time: 3 hours 17 minutes

Hi everyone,

I’m still alive.

Sincerely,

commbro

I somehow stumbled my way through the first year of graduate school while maintaining this barely functional blog. Round two has just started and I’ll try to keep it going. However, I will be altering the format again.

Switching the letters around for Vader makes him a lot less menacing. Daver sounds like a nickname for your suburban friend

The new format will consist of about two sentences a post (or approximately, give or take 50 sentences). That may seem ridiculously short, but bear with it for one more year. I will be back full force next season.

I shall dub this the “Two SCents” format because it’s my “two cents” and it’s two sent(ences). Or maybe it means “Two Scents” for how much this format stinks. Either way I am staying true to this blog’s punny history.

Two SCents

True freshman J.T. Daniels makes a shaky first start but shows high potential for his career. The offensive line appears to be the most improved unit of the team as they are no longer committing false starts reguarly and eliminating low/high snaps—perhaps the effect of Tim Drevno’s return…even though he’s technically the running backs coach?

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9 yard punt from the USC 46-yard line is sad.

Congrats to Chase McGrath for making a record-tying 5 field goals in a single game.

The home winning streak continues at 17.

Lastly, I still don’t like the renovation. I also can’t find out the exact max capacity with it half finished, but I have heard about 80,000. I’ll try to get a confirmation on that.

Ridiculous Stat of the Week: Aca’cedric Ware’s stat line is so perfect, it reads like he’s coding in binary.

Games Played Attempts Yards Touchdowns YPC YPG
1 10 100 1 10 100

I did you all a favor and translated it into binary. It comes out to: Ó

oh…

Maybe he wasn’t trying to code. Ó_Ó