6-Points: USC Football 37, Colorado 14
Boulder Bounce Back
Coming off an ugly home loss, the Trojans rallied together on the road for a comprehensive victory, 37-14, to move to 3-2 on the season. "I think they responded well during the week…and it carried over into the game," head coach Donte Williams said. A week after giving up 322 rush yards to Oregon State, the USC defense held Colorado to 80 yards on the ground. "Our team this week, we came in with our heads down, prepared and ready to get to work," said CB Joshua Jackson Jr., who hauled in his first career interception. "Coach Donte did an amazing job of leading us and guiding us to be the best that we can be."
Once again, the USC offense was led by Drake London who continues to amaze with an array of contested catches, including a one-handed touchdown snag today. "I expect him to make the big play, but then he does it and I'm like, 'Man, that's a heckuva play!'" Kedon Slovis said. "He makes it easy for me." London finished with his fourth 100-yard game in five tries, racking up 130 yards on 9 catches.
As good as London was, he might not have even been the best Drake on the field today. "We're battling each and every game," Drake Jackson said. "Even though he's on offense, we're going to see who can make the biggest play." Jackson was all over the Colorado QB, piling up two sacks and recovering a fumble. "Once they start passing the ball, that's when we turn on our gear and we go get it," Jackson said.
With LenDale White on the sideline, the Trojans broke out their best power running performance of the season. "We had a lot of explosive runs," Slovis said. "We ran for over 200 which is huge." 218 yards to be exact. Keaontay Ingram led the way with a season-high 124 rush yards and a touchdown. "Besides the fumble, he played really good football today. That's what we need out of him. That's what we got out of him," Williams said of Ingram. "He can be a load for a defense."
Quietly, Slovis had an excellent day at the office, passing for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns. "For one thing, he's resilient," Williams said about Slovis. "We got the run game going. The run game takes the pressure off, so teams just can't drop eight the whole game." Slovis was never sacked and never put the ball in harms way. "We knew we were close," Slovis said about the offense. "Not only did we run the ball and they did a great job upfront, but I didn't really get hit at all today."
Despite the 23-point victory, Williams plans to hold his team accountable for all the mistakes made, saying, "I didn't like the fumble. I didn't like the penalties a lot. I didn't like some of the celebrations of guys acting like they haven't done it before. Those things will be harped on and corrected because we have to play team football. Nothing here is individual. This is USC. This is not me or I. This is us and we."