Welcome To the Horsehoe, Mr. Bates: Ohio State’s Waiting for USC’s Surprises

Posted by Paul Peszko on September-7-2009 Add Comments


On Saturday, the USC Trojans amassed 620 yards of offense,  342 rushing and 278 passing. They did it with mostly straight-up power runs, short screens, a few hitch passes, and a couple of mid-range passes.

There were no double reverses, no end-arounds, no tailback or wideout passes, no shovel passes, no flea flickers, not even one long fade route.  All in all, the offense was a conservative one, or what some might call vanilla.  The Trojans showed nothing new, nothing unusual.  And nothing to complain about.

Maybe that is what’s so unusual.

In years past, sportswriters and fans would criticize any Trojan offensive coordinator who was not named Norm Chow for coming up with a van...

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