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Five overreactions to USC football’s unlikely victory over ASU

USC football quarterback Kedon Slovis (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
USC football quarterback Kedon Slovis (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
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USC football quarterback Kedon Slovis (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
USC football quarterback Kedon Slovis (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

USC football learned a lot about itself in the season opener against ASU. Some of it was encouraging as star players emerged, but not all of it was comforting.

What can be said about a USC football game the Trojans deserved to lose but found a way to win?

Processing Saturday’s 28-27 comeback victory over ASU is no easy task. It requires taking the bad with the good, the ugly with the beautiful and the brain-melting with the euphoric.

Put it all together and you get one wild Saturday morning…

Kedon Slovis isn’t a Heisman candidate, yet

If he had played better from start to finish, Kedon Slovis’ two late touchdown passes could have been classed as a Heisman moment. And maybe that’s all a national audience will remember from this game.

Unfortunately, the complete performance for the quarterback was lacking. He can’t be considered a Heisman candidate until he cleans up his play considerably.

Slovis finished with 381 yards and two touchdowns while completing 72.7 percent of his passes. On paper, he was fine.

What’s on paper didn’t pass the eye test though. Many of Slovis’ passes lacked velocity, floating into the hands of receivers too slowly to give them yards-after-catch opportunities. It was severely limiting for the Trojan offense as USC tried to dink and dunk their way down the field without success.

It was only when Slovis let it rip with some good ol’ fashioned YOLO Raid that things started to happen for the offense.

USC needs both tactics to succeed this season. Slovis can always put the ball up for his receivers to make big plays, but he also needs to give them more chances underneath with some zip and accuracy.

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