Twitter lambastes USC football for terrible play on short yardage in the red zone

USC football vs. Arizona. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
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USC football’s red zone, short-yardage performance was terrible vs. Arizona

USC football just can’t figure it out in short-yardage, especially on critical plays in the endzone.

Somehow, USC has managed to convert more fourth-down miracle throws than simple dives up the middle.

Twitter, rightfully, was not kind to the Trojans when they finished the third quarter with yet another short-yardage fail to squander a red zone chance.

USC football’s offense in the red zone embarrassed on short-yardage

A penalty moved the Trojans into a third-and-21 situation but Drake London made a monster play over the middle, carrying defenders on his back to create a fourth-and-1.

USC decided to go for it, but Markese Stepp was dropped in the backfield.

The sad thing is it happened so many times before in the game that broadcaster Joel Klatt spent a considerable amount of time discussing USC’s decision to run out of the shotgun in short-yardage situations.

It’s not a new problem either.

That so many of those short-yardage plays come in the red zone is a real problem. Twitter noticed.

The dire performance had more than a few people contemplating the state of the program.

USC was favored by two touchdowns over Arizona, but they entered the fourth quarter tied at 20-20.

If the Trojans wanted to claim their disappointing performance in a miracle win over ASU was all opening day rustiness, they really don’t get to claim that against Arizona. It was the Wildcats making their season debut in Tucson. However, it was USC who looked like they hadn’t played football in the better part of a year.

The USC defense had a hard time stopping the run, whether through running back carries or quarterback scrambles. Kedon Slovis didn’t look like his normal self as a passer or a leader.

It was just bad all around.

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