On a night when their offense turned the ball over an uncharacteristic number of times, the OSU defense was unable to step up and keep the USC Trojans out of the end zone. After playing a great game in last week’s loss to the Stanford Cardinal, the OSU defense gave up an unacceptable 489 yards to the Trojans, including a back-breaking 242 yards on the ground. The night was full of missed tackles, blow coverages, and dropped assignments, and with games against the Arizona State Sun Devils, Washington Huskies, and Oregon Ducks still on the schedule, the Beavers will have to regroup fast if they hope to save their season.
Safety Ryan Murphy discussed the team’s poor performance after the game:
I believe it’s just the focus as a unit. No matter who goes down, everybody should be prepared to play … As a team, we just let the game slip away, especially defensively. We can’t give up 31 points. It’s going to be hard to win in the Pac-12 giving up 31 points.
We just didn’t play as one. That’s all I can say (Oregon Live).
Michael Doctor, who hasn’t played since injuring his ankle in September, was more succinct: “Didn’t bring it tonight. We just weren’t assignment sound.”
The Beavers will have a bye week before going on the road to take on the Sun Devils. ASU’s offense ranks second in the Pac-12 in both yards per game (515.1) and points per game (46.6).
[Source: Oregon Live]