Oct. 27, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) is sacked by Arizona Wildcats defensive lineman Tevin Hood (98) and defensive lineman Reggie Gilbert (84) during the second half at Arizona Stadium. The Wildcats beat the Trojans 39-36. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
The Trojans found themselves on the wrong end of the box score on Saturday in Tucson for the first time in 13 years. Due to the extensive pressure put on the Trojans to win a national championship this season, the players and media found themselves asking a lot of questions following the loss, as USC’s season is now at a crossroads with the Oregon Ducks looming in just six days.
“I was surprised when we kept screwing up,” said Kiffin, who might have been the only one. “I’m open to all suggestions, I’ve tried it all.”
“The discipline was not there today,” said cornerback Josh Shaw: “That was very evident.” D.J. Morgan, USC’s leading rusher on the day, offered a more in-depth assessment. He said a number of his teammates played irresponsibly against the Wildcats. “I feel like some people let their emotions get to them and affect them and committed some selfish penalties,” Morgan said. “Penalties are gonna happen in a game. But personal fouls and those ones, we have to be more aware of the situation and be more calm and let them be the ones to mess up. “We can’t retaliate.”
There are those who will blame Kiffin for his weird play calling, while others will blame the defense. To me its pointless…Kiffin has some issues while some of the players are not performing. Dropped passes by Soma Vainuku, poor throws by Barkley that lead to either a turnover or an easy missed TD. If Woods catches that 90-yard ball UA is down THREE scores. I guess its the little things…