USC Football: Five Things We Learned vs. Arizona

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October 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback B.J. Denker (7) throws the ball against the defense of Southern California Trojans safety Dion Bailey (18) during the second half at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

2) Clancy Pendergast Has Work To Do

Through the first four games of the season, Clancy Pendergast became the hero to Lane Kiffin’s villain as the USC offense floundered and the defense dominated. Most fans have probably begun to rethink those #PendergastForHeadCoach hashtags as two straight games have featured defensive breakdowns on a massive scale. Arizona didn’t manage the embarrassing point total that Arizona State dropped, but they did go on a mini scoring run in the fourth quarter to get within seven. USC gave up points when it mattered most — just before the half on a long pass and on the Wildcats final two drives of the game. B.J. Denker said after the game they felt Arizona could have done something special if they got the ball back. Based on previous results, he was probably right. The Trojans survived the comeback because they had enough cushion and Silas Redd to close out the game, but in a more tight match the defense must learn how to lock down with much better results.

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