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USC offense continues its downward spiral in first half against WSU

Lane Kiffin AP

How bad has it gotten for the USC offense?

Well, the Trojans’ Biletnikoff Award winner and future first-round NFL draft pick Marqise Lee had four catches for just 14 yards in the first half against a Washington State secondary that was missing two cornerbacks from its rotation.

USC produced 73 total yards in the first half against the Cougars, tallied five first downs, went 0-for-5 on third-down conversions, averaged 3.2 yards per pass attempt and just 2 yards per rush.

To make matters worse, Trojan quarterback Cody Kessler threw an interception that was returned by Damante Horton for 70 yards to tie the game at 7-7 just before the half. Kessler, a sophomore making his second start, was 8 of 13 for just 41 yards heading into the locker room.

If not for another inspired effort by the USC defense, the Trojans would be looking at an insurmountable deficit heading into the second half (at least by the USC offense’s standards).

Tonight’s performance comes on top of a tepid debut by the offense last week against Hawaii. Through six quarters in 2013, USC’s offense is averaging just 3.7 yards per play and has scored a paltry three offensive touchdowns. And, mind you, this has been against what most regarded as the soft portion of the schedule.

Naturally, USC fans responded with a smattering of boos at the playcalling and as the team left the field.

If this performance carries over to the second half, Lane Kiffin might be run out of the Coliseum on a rail.

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26 Responses to “USC offense continues its downward spiral in first half against WSU”
  1. barkleyblows says: Sep 8, 2013 12:40 AM

    Bye bye Lane.

  2. redwing26 says: Sep 8, 2013 1:14 AM

    Hey lane tell Mack to hurry up in the unemployment line!

  3. lanzurrah says: Sep 8, 2013 1:28 AM

    USC defense looks legit.

  4. overratedgators says: Sep 8, 2013 1:39 AM

    Lane Kiffin sucks.

  5. rasta028 says: Sep 8, 2013 1:43 AM

    Kiffin won’t last season, problem is who will want to coach a team on probation/ scholarship reduction? At least what good coach.

  6. waynefontes says: Sep 8, 2013 1:44 AM

    The Lane Kiffin Error continues… Fight On!

  7. fearthehoody says: Sep 8, 2013 1:44 AM

    Thank you Lame Kitten, we love you!

    Bruin Nation!

  8. txnative61 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:01 AM

    Wahoo Wazoo—10-7, how the mighty have fallen!!

  9. duckman62 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:13 AM

    And I thought that thud I heard was an earthquake coming from Southern Cal. Now I can pretty well gather that it was the sound of USC falling off their mighty pedestal! So much for their comeback year!

  10. asimonetti88 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:18 AM

    Geez that was an embarrassing loss. The defense still looks good but the offense is terrible! Considering that Lee is one of the best players in the country, playing that poorly on offense is no easy feat! Hopefully Redd can come back soon, the offense needs every bit of talent it can get.

  11. jimbo75025 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:20 AM

    barkleyblows says:
    Sep 8, 2013 12:40 AM
    Bye bye Lane.
    ——-

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. You now things are bad when you can look back in time and see Al Davis as the sane guy.

  12. rasta028 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:09 AM

    All Davis was Kiffin’s real dad.

  13. rasta028 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:14 AM

    And I thought that thud I heard was an earthquake coming from Southern Cal. Now I can pretty well gather that it was the sound of USC falling off their mighty pedestal! So much for their comeback year!
    _____________________________________________________________
    Whoever said it was a comeback year ? Duck haters, hey enjoy the sanction era cause once it’s over the Ducks will go back to being the Trojans B&*%thes again, too bad Oregon is to sorry to take advantage of it and win a NC, seems like USC is the only school that can do that on the west coast.
    Takes the NCAA to the the Trojans.

  14. tg1896 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:12 AM

    rasta028 – r u serious? Watch out for my team when it’s off probation! Really? That’s all you got? That’s the funniest one I’ve heard yet.

    Your team is terrible and your coach is almost as good as Rex Ryan.

  15. matstery says: Sep 8, 2013 8:28 AM

    I could never figure out why they hired Kiffin in the first place. Total A-hole and zero resume’. Are there any USC fans who thought this was a good idea at the time? I felt the same way when ND hired Charlie Weiss and UCLA hired Rick Neuheisel. WTF?

  16. rasta028 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:40 AM

    rasta028 – r u serious? Watch out for my team when it’s off probation! Really? That’s all you got? That’s the funniest one I’ve heard yet.

    Your team is terrible and your coach is almost as good as Rex Ryan
    _____________________________________________________________
    You retarded? Or do you not understand the situation there? Of course they’re terrible, having scholarships reductions does that, what you really think USC is just bad because of Kiffin? Dude enjoy the sanction era, you are dumb huh? How old are you 10?

  17. vincentbojackson says: Sep 8, 2013 9:01 AM

    This is what happens when you hire a proven loser like Kiffin. USC is scratching their head while he runs the program into the dumpster just like he did with the Raiders and Volunteers

  18. be4bama says: Sep 8, 2013 9:21 AM

    Where will Petrino go? Texas or Southern Cal?

  19. 700levelvet says: Sep 8, 2013 9:22 AM

    I don’t know what’s more baffling. The fact that USC actually hired Kiffin or the fact he still has a job.

  20. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2013 9:27 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer coach.

    Too bad for the kids involved, tho.

    be4bama says:
    Sep 8, 2013 9:21 AM
    Where will Petrino go? Texas or Southern Cal?
    +-+-+

    They both deserve him . . .
    ;)

  21. rasta028 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:38 AM

    I’d take Petrino he’s a proven winner and there’s plenty of young girls there for him.

  22. rasta028 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:41 AM

    I still remember when Obama was going thru there probation and they were losing too division 2 schools.
    USC is going suck for at least 4 to 5 more years before they turn it around…that’s reality.

  23. rasta028 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:42 AM

    Everyone thinks Kiffin is the only problem, he sucks but he’s far from the only problem.

  24. southernpatriots says: Sep 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    rasta028:

    You’re right. Good friends who are Trojans think it may take a novel or at least a novella to list all the problems, or at least to tell the story. It is all a shame. My how the mighty have fallen.

  25. delashmit says: Sep 8, 2013 12:06 PM

    It is beautiful. Bye, Bye Lame Kiffin.

  26. sfsugator says: Sep 9, 2013 11:03 AM

    by far the worst offensive performance I have ever seen from USC there last 3 games have been pathetic on a bright note there defense was lights out.

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