USC vs. Washington Report Card: Grading the Trojan Offense


The Trojan offense was mired in mediocrity during USC vs. Washington, which saw the pull off the 17-12 upset at the Coliseum.

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Here’s how each offensive unit graded out against the Huskies:

Cody Kessler. QUARTERBACK. D. In an uncharacteristic fit, fifth-year senior Cody Kessler turned in what was without a doubt the worst game of his career. He threw two interceptions in the first quarter alone, which matched a single-game career-high that he had only done once. Kessler struggled against the blitz, forced balls into double and triple-teamed receivers and was inaccurate all night.. Standout

RUNNING BACK. A-. USC’s running backs were the one big positive to come out of the loss to Washington, with a big bounce back game after struggles against ASU. Tre Madden had 123 yards but it was freshman Ronald Jones II who got the Coliseum believing in the ultimately failed comeback bid when he took over in the fourth quarter and score the Trojans lone touchdown of the game. The only knocks against the unit were Madden’s drop on USC’s two-point conversion attempt and Jones’ fumble, which the Trojans recovered.. Standout. Ronald Jones II

JuJu Smith-Schuster. RECEIVER. C. Considering the coverage supplied by the Washington secondary, it was a wonder that JuJu Smith-Schuster got open as many times as he did. That’s about the best thing that can be said about the production from the USC receivers. Steven Mitchell went out injured, but Adoree’ Jackson was no threat and Trojan running backs accounted for more passing yards than any receivers besides Smith-Schuster.. Standout

The offensive line was dealt a blow in the first quarter after senior center Max Tuerk went down with a knee sprain. Sophomore Toa Lobendahn stepped in and the unit never seem to consistently find a rhythm, particularly in pass protection. Kessler didn’t have much time throughout the game and given his struggles with decision making, was a recipe for disaster for the Trojans.. Standout. Toa Lobendahn. OFFENSIVE LINE. D

F. It’s become a bit of feast or famine for Steve Sarkisian and offensive coordinator Clay Helton. Thursday night it was certainly famine as the offense generated just 12 points. The biggest mark down was for failing to capitalize on the Trojans’ effective rushing attack, especially late in the contest.. Standout. Steve Sarkisian. COACHING

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