The USC Trojans did not look good in their 30-13 win against Hawaii on Thursday night, at least according to Lane Kiffin (and, you know, according to anyone with a functional pair of eyes). While the defense played well, holding Hawaii to a meager 0.7 yards per rush, the USC offense was anemic. Starting quarterback Cody Kessler finished with an abysmal stat line: 10-for-19 passing for 96 yards and one touchdown (and one interception).
Here are Kiffin’s thoughts about the team’s lackluster effort:
On offense we played very poorly. Obviously a big question is quarterback. We didn’t do very well around them, including myself. There’s a lot of things we need to work on, but it’s the first game, it’s just good to get it under our belt (Los Angeles Daily News).
The most surprising aspect of USC’s game was the invisibility of star receiver Marqise Lee. Lee didn’t catch a pass until midway through the second quarter and had only 27 receiving yards by halftime. He also had a couple uncharacteristic drops and a fumble on a punt.
While it would be ridiculous to hit the panic button after only one game, USC fans certainly can’t feel pleased by how the Trojans played against an inferior opponent.
The Trojans take on the Washington State Cougars next weekend.
[Source: Los Angeles Daily News]