The Trojans beat Cal 27-9 on Saturday, bouncing back from a humbling loss against Stanford the week before. It surely was not pretty, but we saw some things in this game we had been waiting to see, and they allude to what we can expect from the Trojans coming out of the Bye week. Of course, we saw some other things that could be lingering issues for the Trojans down the stretch, but the win definitely helped get USC back on track.
Here’s what we learned from the Trojans against Cal:
5. Silas Redd Has The Moves
It took a minute, but RB Silas Redd finally had the big game we had all been waiting to see. He was the face of USC’s running game on Saturday, shaking defenders and breaking tackles, and showing why Lane Kiffin was so eager to acquire him from Penn State over the summer. Redd had 21 carries for 159 yards, including his 33-yard touchdown run. Redd got USC started in putting points on the board, after the Trojans made it down the field on their opening drive only to have Matt Barkley throw a pick right in the endzone. Redd’s run was exciting, and it brought the Trojan fans on their feet and created a buzz about the Coliseum. He’s light on his feet, agile, and he does not accept a little contact as a reason to go down on the turf. Instead he just keeps those legs grinding, eating more yards of turf and forcing defenders to drag him down. He is an excellent compliment to Curtis McNeal, and it’s about time we saw that. If he can have another performance like this against Utah–and for the rest of the season, for that matter–USC’s much-talked about two-headed offensive attack will actually materialize.