By Earl Heath
Contributing Sports Writer
In life when there was a problem ‘Old Schoolers’ would say, “ there’s nothing that a little home cooking can’t fix.” Well that has not been the case with USC football. The team has not been able to get out of the early season funk and get on the winner’s bracket at home.
The latest downfall was a lopsided 42-26 loss tom Utah in front of 54,088 at the Coliseum. The Trojans (3-3, 2-3 PAC-12) are just 1-3 at home and the last three games there they have given up 45, 45, and 42 points in losses. That’s a stat no team wants to see.
The Trojans managed to have more passing yards 401 to 306, more net yards 493 to 486 and lead in time of possession 31:10 to 28:47. They also managed to lead in another stat, penalties they drummed up 9 for 95 yards compared to the Utes 2 for 30 yards.
The Trojans scored first on a 28-yard Parker Lewis FG at 3:48 of the first period. That’s how a 12 play 53-yard drive ended. After the 3-0 lead it was all Utah.
UTE’s QB Cameron Rising connected on 22of 28 for 306 yards. ”It’s like he couldn’t miss,” said Isaiah Pola Mao. “He just made great plays.”
The bright spot of the day was Drake London who was unstoppable. The 6-5 junior had 16 catches for 162 yards. That included a swing pass he caught and hurdled a defender heading to the end zone for a score.
Kendon Slovis went 33 of 53 for and 401yards and a TD. USC has a week of before traveling to Notre Dame. “We have to make sure we come out into this bye and focus on us ,” said head coach Donte Williams. “We have lot of things to clean up. “