USC defense gets behind Su'a Cravens
USC had two weeks to clean up its defense after a disappointing loss to Boston College, and that was bad news for Oregon State's offense in a 35-10 Trojans win on Saturday night. Steve Sarkisian's defense allowed Oregon State to tally 181 total yards from scrimmage, and a lot of it had to do with a fast start.
The game was scoreless with five minutes to play in the first quarter, and that's when USC safety Su'a Cravens read the eyes of Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion to jump on a pass and turn an interception into a 31-yard pick-six.
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Cravens later got in on a sack by slipping past OSU blockers and pouncing on Mannion.
The overall defensive effort from USC had to be encouraging for Sarkisian, whose team next faces a high-octange Arizona State offense. The other bit of good news: the offense piled up 461 yards.