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Hawaii strategy surprises Kiffin, 'NCAA 11' creators

Updated: September 3, 2010, 5:22 PM ET
By Dave Wilson

You don't expect to hear a football coach admit to being totally surprised by an opponent's offensive strategy.

Lane Kiffin said USC was caught off guard by Hawaii implementing elements of the "pistol" formation in Thursday night's 49-36 USC victory in Honolulu. The Trojans apparently had no idea Hawaii would line up in the formation until Kiffin's dad, Monte, USC's defensive guru, saw a news clip with footage of a Hawaii practice on Wednesday night. The insight didn't do much good. ...

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