Clay Helton has taken serious heat on the TDB over his public statements about USC’s so-called close-call losses last year — many of which I never viewed as close calls. For instance, I think USC lost badly to both UCLA and Notre Dame, regardless of the final scores. Both schools came back to dominate USC in the second half and once the 4th quarter arrived, I never thought USC would win either game. The Trojans just didn’t look like they had it in them to me.
Joshua Kelly rushed for 289 yds on 40 carries and scored two TDs to lead the Bruins. His easy, untouched 55-yd scamper TD with 10:39 remaining against the slow-reacting, stuck-in-the-mud Trojans was just a precursor to the Bruins outscoring USC 13-0 to end the game. USC was held to a piddling 80 second-half yds of offense.
Actually, if any school has a right to bemoan close-call losses, it might be 5-7 Arizona. Four of Arizona’s losses last season (BYU, USC, UCLA and Arizona State) were by a combined 11 points. They lost to the Sun Devils 41-40, who trailed by 19 points heading into the 4th quarter. The Wildcats missed a very makeable 45-yd FG wide right with 11 seconds left to win it.
That could mean the Wildcats are the real Pac-12 team that’s closer to being good than their record reflects. Or it could just mean Kevin Sumlin did a bad job in his first year in Tucson, consistent with how he finished up at Texas A&M before getting fired. Personally, I don’t believe Sumlin, who last February signed only the 54th best recruiting class (including only one four-star prospect) along with a heavy reliance on juco transfers, will succeed at Arizona.
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