USC's Defense Leads the Way to 8th Straight Victory Over Cal
Even though USC was uneven on offense, they were able to handily defeat Cal thanks to solid defensive play. It was a nationally televised Thursday night special as USC made its first appearance in San Francisco’s AT&T Park since the Emerald Bowl victory a few years ago that was Pete Carroll’s last game as USC’s coach.
The biggest takeaway from this game was the poor performance and immaturity displayed by Cal’s starting quarterback, Zach Maynard. He practically had a temper tantrum on the field after he threw his 3rd interception. His lack of composure on that play showed me that he does not have the makeup that will allow him to compete on Sundays.
Early in the game USC had a chance to capitalize on a Cal turnover and kick a field goal. True to form, head coach Lane Kiffin decided to go with a high risk fake instead which resulted in a botched snap and no points. I was afraid that he was going to set the tone for the evening by doing everything possible to keep Cal in the game.
Fortunately USC’s defense was able to overcome Kiffin and the inconsistent running & passing attack as they kept Cal’s offense under control throughout the night. In the end, USC did what it needed to get the win while Cal hurt itself with turnovers and mental lapses.