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QUARTERBACK

If JT Daniels were named Matt Fink, people would probably be more irritated with his play. He underthrew a couple deep balls and he did not look the same after he got hit and almost limped off the field. I’m a little surprised there is not more talk about his fumbles.

Grade: C-

RUNNING BACKS

Arizona’s run defense was often awful but that is not the running backs’ problem. Aca’Cedric Ware had a 69-yard touchdown run. But why is it so hard to convert in short yardage? Just like last season.

Grade: A-

WIDE RECEIVERS

Is it the receivers’ fault they were so unremarkable? Or was it the offense handcuffing them? Michael Pittman caught one pass. Tyler Vaughns two for 23 yards. Just when people thought Washington State was a breakthrough game.

Grade: C

OFFENSIVE LINE

Are the bad snaps on Toa Lobendahn or JT Daniels? What about the penalties? They opened the holes for the run game but the pass protection is always dicey. They are not getting better. They are just playing worse teams.

Grade: C+

DEFENSIVE LINE

Khalil Tate’s sore ankle did more to limit him than anything the defensive line did Saturday night. At least they stopped the run. News flash: Porter Gustin is dealing with an ankle injury.

Grade: C

LINEBACKERS

They looked loose and free-wheeling in the first half but then reverted to their worst instincts in the second. USC often looks average and the linebackers personify this image. Many times after a game, it’s hard to remember what they did outside of one or two batted passes.

Grade: C+

DEFENSIVE BACKS

This idea that Iman Marshall is having a good season was exposed with two pass interference penalties in four plays. Safety Talanoa Hufanga makes some big hits but then gives up way too many pass plays. He needs to celebrate less and just cover people. True freshman Olaijah Griffin looked like one.

Grade: D+

SPECIAL TEAMS

It’s huge to block a field goal. At the same time, why did USC get three penalties on special teams? And is Tyler Vaughns now becoming as bad at returning punts as Ajene Harris last year? He had four returns for minus-1 yards.

Grade: C+

COACHING

Eighteen penalties. Eight. Teen. And one on the coaches in the fourth quarter for blocking the officials on the sideline.

This should have been an easy rout. Instead, sloppy, disorganized USC lets Arizona back into the game. 

Clay Helton often looks lost on the sideline although he did drop at least two F-bombs. The team has no leadership and that is why it lets a bad team back in the game after leading 24-0.

Grade: F

Arizona commit’s coach: When you get offered by USC, you take a second to evaluate that!

Arizona commit’s coach: When you get offered by USC, you take a second to evaluate that!

Four-star DE Pakola: I’m still interested in USC, I know they’ll figure it out

Four-star DE Pakola: I’m still interested in USC, I know they’ll figure it out