The USC Trojans, regardless of the heroics of Jaxson Dart on Saturday, have been overlooked of the newest USA TODAY Sports activities AFCA Coaches Ballot.
The Trojans trailed Washington State 14-0 within the last minute of the primary half. They confronted 4th and 9 on the Cougars’ 38-yard line. Many coaches would have merely punted and ready for the second half. USC head coach Donte Williams needed to attain and make an announcement earlier than going to the locker room, believing that aggressive sport play meant greater than any speech or sermon he might give behind closed doorways.
The willingness to go for it and belief Dart, a freshman backup quarterback pressed into service due to a first-quarter damage to starter Kedon Slovis, paid off handsomely. The choice not solely produced a 38-yard landing to Gary Bryant which pulled USC inside seven factors at 14-7; the transfer impressed the entire USC staff, which got here out of the tunnel within the third quarter and scored 28 factors, a exceptional change from the Clay Helton period, by which third quarters have been normally horrible for USC offenses.
The Trojans received 45-14 and now have a a lot brighter outlook for his or her season. It nonetheless received’t be straightforward, and USC in all probability received’t make the Rose Bowl or win the Pac-12. That is Oregon’s convention to lose. But, successful the Pac-12 South now appears much more life like than it did one week in the past.
Jaxson Dart made a memorable impression in his first large second at USC.
Right here’s the complete high 25 ballot:
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