USC: Johnny Hekker

Pac-12's lunch links

March, 6, 2014
Mar 6
11:30
AM PT
What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight toward a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?

USC-Oregon State grades

November, 20, 2010
11/20/10
8:29
PM PT
FPASSING ATTACK

A flat-out nightmare of a day for USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who passed for only 75 yards on 19 attempts, threw an interception and hurt his ankle on the penultimate play of the first half. Backup Mitch Mustain couldn't muster up much in his place.

DRUSHING ATTACK

Marc Tyler was named the starter this week in practice by Lane Kiffin, but he squandered the opportunity with a 3.1 yards-per-carry average before apparently re-injuring his ankle late in the first half. Reserve runner C.J Gable impressed some in the second half, gaining 57 yards.

CIN THE TRENCHES

Not a memorably bad day for the defensive line, but the brutes on offense struggled mightily to create running holes against the Beavers' D-line. The sack that caused Barkley's injury looked like it could have been prevented with good protection from the line.

CDEFENSE

Jacquizz Rodgers was a workhorse once again, but USC actually limited him fairly well early on and forced beleaguered Beavers quarterback Ryan Katz to make several tough passes. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Katz was able to do that just fine and made very few mistakes.

DSPECIAL TEAMS

It may seem like a minor factor, but OSU punter Johnny Hekker outclassed USC's Jacob Harfman, giving the Beavers a 15-yard advantage in field position per punt. Gable did come close to taking a kickoff back for a score on the drive he later scored on.

CCOACHING

Curse or no curse, Kiffin's Trojans didn't appear to be completely prepared for everything Oregon State threw at them -- and some of that has to go on the head coach, who criticized his team twice this week for lackluster practices. Energy was largely absent.

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2014 TEAM LEADERS

PASSINGATTCOMPYDSTD
C. Kessler233162188418
RUSHINGCARYDSAVGTD
J. Allen1509096.18
J. Davis733344.62
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
N. Agholor4853311.17
J. Smith2635013.51
TEAMRUSHPASSTOTAL
Offense189.3273.4462.7
TEAMPFPAMARGIN
Scoring35.623.112.4