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

USC vs. Arizona: The View from Los Angeles


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.”

 

“It’s not about the stats, I don’t care about the stats,” Lee said. “The main focus is actually winning the game.”

 

”A loss is a loss, but this one hurts a lot more,” USC receiver Robert Woods said. ”We fought all the way to the end, but it didn’t end in our favor.”

 

“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…

 

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  • TROJAN

    IT IS ALL ON THE KIFFINS. BOTH ARE INCOMPETENT. BAD PLAY CALLING, BAD DEFENSIVE SCHEMES, AND NO DISCIPLINE. GREAT PLAYERS AND THE KIFFINS ALWAYS SABOTAGE THE TEAM.

    • http://fansided.com/ Michael Castillo

      In fairness to Monte, I think he’s done a stellar job with this team. If you’re using Arizona as an example of bad defense, keep in mind that they put up 617 yards on Stanford. They were always going to move the ball and score points. Monte has done so much with this team to break down the defensive schemes and entirely shape it his way and adapting strategies that are built to contain the zone read. Sure, Arizona deploys a zone read, but it was through the air that they beat SC, not too much on the ground. Going into Oregon, that sort of bodes well for the Trojans since the defense is design to get to the mesh point and use the smaller, faster frames of the linebackers to contain the Ducks, as seen last year in Eugene.