Grading the Cougs
Not much room to make plays in this game, but Brink looked overmatched.
Running backs: D
Granted, USC’s front four is dominant. But when the punter is your leading rusher, that’s bad.
Wide receivers: C-
The drops were back, and no one was able to make a play despite injuries in the USC secondary.
Offensive line: D+
Patterson and Cody dominated the interior of the line all night long for the Trojans.
Defensive line: C-
The Cougars continue to struggle to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks without an all-out blitz.
Derting had his best game on the stat sheet and Bennett chipped in with the team’s biggest play.
They didn’t give up enormous plays, but Leinart picked them apart, throwing to eight receivers.
Special teams: D
Punting the ball to Reggie Bush three times means you’re going to get burned at least once.
Going to the bag of tricks early is understandable, but nothing worked and the Cougars had no chance as a result.
– By Glenn Kasses