Stud: Leonard Williams
Williams led a dominant Trojan defense with eight tackles, three of which were tackles for loss. On a standout day for the entire defensive line, the sophomore stood out with his attacking mentality and helped make Chuckie Keeton look extraordinarily average.
Dud: Chuckie Keeton
Hyped as a potential Heisman dark horse, Keeton was expected to give the Trojan defense a real test. Instead it was the defense who tested Keeton. While he did complete two touchdown passes, he had by far his worst game of the season. His 53% completion rating was well below his average and his 178 yards passing were his season low. Constantly harried and regularly flustered, Keeton’s Heisman hopes likely died on the Coliseum field.
Stud: Morgan Breslin
Breslin will be the subject of Chuckie Keeton’s nightmares tonight. The defensive end accounted for three tackles for loss including two sacks of the Aggie quarterback and two more hurries beyond that.
Dud: Cody Kessler’s Second Half
Kessler had a decent first half, showing some good pocket presence and completing some nice throws, including the 30-yard touchdown to Xavier Grimble. But in the second half Kessler was one of the big reasons USC’s offense struggled so mightly. Kessler completed just four of his 15 pass attempts in the second half. He completed just one of five attempts on third down.
Stud: Su’a Cravens
Cravens may be a true freshman but he doesn’t play like it. The Trojan safety didn’t just lay some big hits against the Aggies, he read the game remarkably well for someone who was playing high school football this time last year. He finished the game with five tackles.
Dud: USC’s Offensive Line
Cody Kessler had a rough second half, but the offensive line did him no favors with their pass protection throughout the game. Utah State’s defense logged three sacks, one of which resulted in a fumble. In past games, the line’s run blocking made up for some of their deficiencies in pass blocking, but in the second half even the run failed them.