Against Washington: The USC defense forced two important fumbles and nabbed two interceptions. They held the Huskies to under 300 total yards and just 14 points, while hassling Keith Price with five sacks.
What that means for Colorado: In the most surprising plot twist of the season, the 2012 Trojans can now firmly be defined as a defensive football team. Need proof? Lane Kiffin is now the kind of coach who will run on 3rd and long because he’d rather let the opposing team face his father’s defense, then drop back to pass and risk his quarterback being hit.
USC ranks top 30 nationally in pass efficiency (29), rushing (23), total (25) and scoring defense (27). They rank fifth in sacks, 16th in tackles for loss, fourth in interceptions, and 12th in total turnovers forced.
In terms of Colorado, it’s very simple. The Buffaloes rank in the top half of the Pac-12 in only one statistical category – punting.