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Southern Cal to ‘own the mistakes’ after uneven win at Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. — After dominating the first half of Saturday’s highly anticipated matchup between USC and Colorado, the visiting Trojans’ comfortable lead nearly evaporated in the second half and their The defense once again struggled to contain the dynamic offense, ultimately winning 48-41. Over the buffalo.

The result put head coach Lincoln Riley and the rest of his team in a familiar position: celebrating a win — their fifth of the season — while also bemoaning their shortcomings in the second half of the game, which The game should have been a more lopsided result. At halftime, both sides led 27-14. Overall, USC allowed over 500 yards of offense (more than their own offensive unit), including 371 passing yards and four touchdowns to Colorado State quarterback Shedeur Sanders as he moved outside the pocket Excellent performance, finishing with 50 net yards.

“None of our three teams played very well in the second half,” Riley said after the game. “We’re going to have the wins, we’re going to have the mistakes, we’re going to have the good and we’re going to get back to work.”

Riley has made similar remarks this season, and while people have been very alarmed about the Trojans’ defensive struggles and defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, Riley reiterated when asked if he still has confidence in the coordinator. his promise to the Grinch.

“Yes, I do,” Riley said.

Safety Bryson Shaw takes it a step further. The junior insists the Grinch is not to blame for any defensive missteps but rather that the players have not lived up to their standards in games so far this season.

“Coach Grinch, he did a great job. I mean, we let him down,” Shaw said. “It was a stretch. We let him down. I don’t know what to tell you. As players, we let him down. I mean, he put us in the right position. We didn’t let the game go. We lacked Tackle. We didn’t do our job. I didn’t do my job. We let him down.”

Shaw called the second-half performance “embarrassing” and said the defense needed to do everything they could to fix the problem. One of the issues the unit seems to be facing is the struggle with mobile quarterbacks. When Sanders stepped out of the pocket and found open field in front of him, he was able to gain chunks of yardage and keep Colorado on several drives, which led to success.

“Coach Grinch, he would sit in the meeting room. He would keep preaching, ‘Can’t let the quarterback come out of the pocket, can’t let the quarterback come out of the pocket,'” Shaw said. “What do we do? We tell him to pick out his pockets.”

Shaw remains confident the Trojans have the right players, coaches and plans to fix the problem before it’s too late. Linebacker Mason Cobb echoed that sentiment, noting that the first half felt like a complete game but wasn’t enough to win the rest of the game, but the defense and the Grinch as their Coaches are all about solving problems.

“We don’t have another coach,” Shaw said. “He was doing his job. We as players weren’t doing our jobs. That’s it.”

Riley, for his part, praised his players’ performance in a daunting road environment and firmly believes any failure this season will be different from last year’s first season at USC.

“When things don’t go our way, it doesn’t look like last year. From a trained perspective, from a coach’s perspective, it’s different,” Riley said. “Now, we still have a lot to correct. There’s a lot to improve on and we obviously have to put it together.”

While the defense has given up at least 349 yards per game this season, any flaws haven’t hurt USC’s performance on the way to a 5-0 record. But with tougher opponents and a more explosive offense on the horizon, the urgency to correct and improve is high.

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