Well, thankfully the defense exists, because the offense could not get it together in the second half.
Given four golden chances in Utah State territory, the Trojan offense produced just 3 points. That's not a typo. Three points. With a short field. Four times. That's infuriating.
Each time the Aggies were like, "Hey, USC. Here's the game. Just win it. We insist!" the Trojans were way too polite in responding, " No, really, it's OK! We'll make it as hard as possible and give you every chance to get back in the game. Here's Kris Albarado kicking the ball back to you."
Following what looked like a breakout performance, Cody Kessler fell back to earth with a 13-for-26 showing for 164 yards and a score. He did seal the game with a 4th-and-short conversion with about 2 minutes left.
On offense, despite its many shortcomings, Tre Madden was the star again. The back tallied 93 yards on 24 carries. Marqise Lee hasn't exploded yet, only grabbing 6 balls for 72 yards with a long reception of 33 yards.
We'll have a more detailed analysis later. Hopefully, the offense gets fixed before next week's big showdown in Tempe, Ariz. against Arizona State.