It’s mayhem in Corvallis tonight. The Beavers had USC on the ropes the entire night. Well, at least Quizz Rodgers did. That kid single-handedly beat the Trojans. And I’ll give credit to the Beavers O-Line and D-Line as well. The O-Line for allowing that little 5’6″ body to sneak through the cracks and the D-Line for hounding Mark Sanchez all night long.
But I can’t wrap this up without giving some heat where it’s due…did USC really prepare well for this game? The Beavers are a joke. They are unranked, they were 1-2 before this game, and their secret weapons are a couple of Running Back brothers who should have been flicked around like little flies tonight? I mean, really?! Is this what I should expect from the premier team in the NCAAA? What’s your excuse? You couldn’t get your butt low enough to the ground to get some leverage on this kid? That’s no excuse. You make the adjustments. You read the routes. All they did all night was hand the ball off to Quizz. Is it so difficult to come up with a strategy to attack that threat? You have a line of 4-8 guys in the box and you can’t bring ONE TINY LITTLE KID down? That’s pretty lame, Trojans.
I think you might have walked into that stadium tonight with a bit of hubris. And hubris always loses. Every game needs to be prepared for as if the National Championship is on the line. Because guess what, it is. And now Georgia and LSU and Florida and Missouri and all those other teams up there are dancing in the streets tonight because the mighty Trojans have been stomped by a little amateur team from a no-name place at a no-name program. You can’t take these kids lightly. They play with heart. They play with a chip on their shoulder. And tonight, they outplayed you and outclassed you.
I look forward to you making it up to me over the course of the rest of the season. It will take you that long to make reparations. I love you, but tonight, I’m not amused. Tomorrow…back to the training room, back to film, and back to business.