Oct 24, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) attempts a pass during the third quarter against the Southern California Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Southern California Trojans won 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Who were the duds?
Travis Wilson: After starting by connecting on his first eight passes and throwing a beautiful touchdown pass to Britain Covey in the first quarter, Travis Wilson’s dream start turned to nightmare. He threw two devastating second quarter interceptions and struggled to drag the Utes back into the contest.
Devontae Booker: Advertised as one of the top running backs in the Pac-12, Devontae Booker did not present as big a danger to the USC defensive front as expected. Though he averaged 4.4 yards per carry, the Ute running back was limited to just 62 yards as he failed to make impact.
Adoree’ Jackson: It feels sacrilegious to call Adoree’ Jackson a dud in any form, but his offensive impact was certainly not on the level expected. When the coaches seemed to lean towards utilizing him full-time on offense this week, there were expectations that the Trojan offense might become the Adoree’ Jackon Show. Though he had six catches, he only generated 37 yards.
Injuries: As great as the victory was for USC, there were some concerning losses on the injury front. The Trojans were already without starting receivers Steven Mitchell and Darreus Rogers and starting offensive linemen Max Tuerk and Chad Wheeler. Early on, Toa Lobendahn left the game with a knee injury, prompting a change at center in a game which already featured a shaky line. Then up-and-coming safety Marvell Tell went out injured as well. Tight ends Taylor McNamara and Tyler Petite would also be forced out of the action.
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