For USC, not a a lot of turnover
The Trojans have forced only one interception and two fumbles in three games
LOS ANGELES -- Through three games this season, USC head coach Lane Kiffin and staff were disappointed.
The staff was disheartened with the number of turnovers -- just three -- the defense had forced.Even before the drubbing in Tempe, the Trojans staff turned to bribery. They offered the entire unit ice cream if they produced at least one turnover last week against Arizona State. Most days during the season, the Trojans can eat only the sugar-free soft-serve frozen yogurt supplied at the school's athlete cafeteria. So, the real stuff was supposed to mean something.
Was supposed to."Yeah, that still didn't work," Kiffin said Tuesday. "We thought that would work with the linemen, but you'd be surprised. "We've tried basically about everything." The Trojans lost that game 43-22 in Tempe, in large part due to a terrible turnover differential of minus-4. And now, through a quarter of the 2011 season, USC is second-worst in the conference in defensive turnovers and worst among all 12 teams in turnover differential, numbers that place the Trojans well outside the top 100 FBS-wide in both categories.
"We've been getting the ball on the ground, but we haven't been getting on it and things such as that. Not being in the right place at the right time to get our hands on pass breakups and [interceptions.]
"But we're working on that and that's going to change this week. Hopefully we come out with 10 turnovers this week to make up for not really getting enough the past couple games."Bailey, a redshirt freshman, has one forced fumble and has two sacks in the books this season. The Trojans as a team have just three forced fumbles -- two have been recovered. And one interception, which came at the very end of the season opener against Minnesota, was by cornerback Torin Harris. In part, that's due to the style teams often adopt when they play Monte Kiffin defenses. It's established by now that the best and easiest way to game plan against the Kiffins -- especially in college -- is to dink-and-dunk your way down the field and exploit downfield opportunities only when they arise.
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