5 seconds from 7-0

I realize it is pointless to look back at what might have been but based on what we saw the USC defense do on Saturday that is exactly what Lane Kiffin is doing...

What if the Trojans had not lost their previous two games on last-second field goals? It was something Kiffin acknowledged thinking about 50 times a day.

"Up 42-0, on our way to 7-0, you know, potentially a top-five team in the country getting ready to play the No. 1 team in the country," Kiffin said Sunday during a teleconference with reporters. "So that's the difficult thing, the thing that's most glaring . . . as you think of the first half of the season: how close we were."

I don't blame him, I have been doing the same thing.

But it is what it is and we are where we are.

I could just imagine the conversation between Lane and Monte Kiffin when it came to discussing the defenses performance during the first 6 games of the season.

I guess my only question is why it took so long? It was evident after the Virgina game that defense needed some tweaking, yet Monte hung with what he knows. Those two last second loses will sting until the season is over. That Monte opened some things up and let the kids play what their talent dictates is a great first step.

If 'SC had lost this game based on the defenses poor performance Kiffin would have been gone this week....not at the end of the year.

It was that bad and anyone who pays attention would have said the same thing. This isn't some inside scoop I am reporting.

'SC out played Stanford on offense and they went toe to toe with UW. The defense (and the clock operator in the Standford game) were our undoing.

What could have been...

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Conquest Chronicles

You must be a member of Conquest Chronicles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Conquest Chronicles. You should read them.

Join Conquest Chronicles

You must be a member of Conquest Chronicles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Conquest Chronicles. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker