USC 55, Arkansas State 6
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|Basics||Arkansas State||USC||Nat'l Avg|
|Close Rate (non-garbage time)||42.4%|
|Avg Starting FP||25.8||32.8||29.6|
|Points Per Opportunity||1.40||7.00||4.96|
* A scoring opportunity occurs when an offense gets a first down inside the opponent's 40 (or scores from outside the 40).
** Leverage Rate = Standard Downs / (Standard Downs + Passing Downs)
*** When using IsoPPP, the S&P formula is (0.8*Success Rate) + (0.2*IsoPPP)
|EqPts (what's this?)||Arkansas State||USC|
|Success Rate (what's this?)||Arkansas State||USC||Nat'l Avg|
|IsoPPP (what's this?)||Arkansas State||USC||Nat'l Avg|
|Line Stats||Arkansas State||USC||Nat'l Avg|
|Line Yards/Carry (what's this?)||2.32||4.14||2.82|
|Std. Downs Sack Rt.||0.0%||14.3%||5.8%|
|Pass. Downs Sack Rt.||14.3%||25.0%||6.5%|
|Turnover Points (what's this?)||23.5||0.0|
|Turnover Margin||USC +4|
|Exp. TO Margin||USC +2.56|
|TO Luck (Margin vs. Exp. Margin)||USC +1.44|
|TO Points Margin||USC +23.5 points|
|1st Down S&P||0.514||0.720|
|2nd Down S&P||0.521||0.727|
|3rd Down S&P||0.576||0.706|
|Projected Scoring Margin: USC by 37.1|
|Actual Scoring Margin: USC by 49|
The USC offense overall was exciting but concerning at the same time. Cody Kessler and company benefited from relatively favorable field position and a bevy of big plays (which I'm defining as plays generating 30+ yards). Of the five drives that featured a big play, the Trojans scored on 4 of them. Although it's great they were able to generate so many big plays, it's concerning that the first-string offense was only able to score on one extended drive. This may be nitpicking in this game due to the talent gap, but it is something that OC Clay Helton should pay attention to.
Defense! Blitzes! Turnovers! All things USC fans were pining for last season showed up in this game against Arkansas State. If a team benefits from four turnovers, and its offense doesn't turn the ball over, it'll win more often than not. Fumble recoveries by Chris Hawkins and Osa Masina (who returned his for a TD), combined with INTs by Hawkins and Su'a Cravens (whose was almost a TD) were the highlights of the day for the defense. An absolute yes for turnovers.
|Backs-Wide||% of Plays||Yds/Play||% of Plays||Yds/Play|
|1 back, 3 wide||35.8%||6.6||40.0%||3.2|
|1 back, 4 wide||26.9%||3.1||41.8%||8.4|
|2 backs, 2 wide||3.6%||0.5|
|2 backs, 3 wide||29.9%||3.7||14.5%||24.1|
|3 backs, 2 wide||7.5%||7.4|
|Hash||% of Plays||Yds/Play||% of Plays||Yds/Play|
|Passing||Comp Rt||Yds/Pass||Passing||Comp Rt||Yds/Pass|
|Behind Line||5-8, 40 yards||62.5%||5.0||2-2, 19 yards||100.0%||9.5|
|0 to 4||6-10, 28 yards||60.0%||2.8||9-10, 87 yards||90.0%||8.7|
|5 to 9||3-8, 24 yards||37.5%||3.0||6-7, 55 yards||85.7%||7.9|
|10 to 19||2-8, 24 yards||25.0%||3.0||50-9, 138 yards||55.6%||15.3|
|20 to 29||1-2, 40 yards||50.0%||20.0||1-1, 25 yards||100.0%||25.0|
|30-plus||1-2, 41 yards||50.0%||20.5||0-3, 0 yards||0.0%||0.0|
|Passing (no blitz)||13-25, 131 yards, 1 sacks, 5.0 yds. per att.||14-17, 168 yards, 3 sacks, 8.4 yds. per att.|
|Passing (blitz)||5-13, 66 yards, 0 sacks, 5.1 yds. per att.||9-15, 156 yards, 2 sacks, 9.2 yds. per att.|
|Reason for INC/INT||Arkansas St.||USC|
A big question entering the season was how would USC create pressure on the QB. Well, they were able to get one sack by Kenny Bigelow, and they blitzed 33% of the time so we'll leave this TBD with encouraging signs. Pressure on QB Fredi Knighten was absolutely the cause of the Hawkins interception -- he threw it off his back foot -- which was definitely good to see.
On the surface, Cody Kessler had a good game, but in truth he only had a decent one. Of the five sacks, two were definitely the result of him holding on to the ball for too long (noted below in QB Activity). Kessler also missed every one of his passes over 30 yards; his furthest completed pass traveled 17 yards in the air, with Juju Smith-Schuster taking that pass for 44 more yards for a touchdown. His air yards per completion was a decent 7.90, however it would've been nice to see him complete one of those bigger pass plays.
The running game was good, with Ronald Jones II being the highlight -- every one of his carries went for five yards or more. Tre Madden was hit or miss. When he hit, boy did he hit with a 65-yard run and a 20-yard run. However, Madden also had seven runs that went no more than three yards. Those two carried the load. Aca'Cedric Ware got the carries at the end of the game. Look for that to change this week with Justin Davis coming back.
|Option - speed option||4--2|
|Option - zone read||21-124|
|Sack - in pocket||1-(-6)||1-(-9)|
|Sack - coverage sack||1-(-8)|
|Sack - QB fault||2-(-15)|
Mostly good things from the Trojans with definite things to work on. They get Idaho next week; the Vandals gave up an astounding 3.9 big plays per game(!!) last year, so look for more big plays and hopefully less inconsistency in the other areas.