Cam Smith: When one person came out of their gap, UNLV found it
A quick look at the final score in the game between USC and UNLV says nothing about some of the issues the Trojans came up against Saturday afternoon.
While USC secured a 43-21 victory over the Rebels, the team from Las Vegas had some big moments on offense. In fact, it seemed UNLV paid homage to their basketball squad and borrowed a nickname. UNLV clearly became the Runnin’ Rebels agains the Trojans.
UNLV came to the Coliseum and rushed for 308 yards. The day included a 71 harder by Lexington Thomas and a 34 yard run by Armani Rogers. In fact, UNLV averaged 7.2 yards per carry against USC.
Who would have predicted that before the game?
Star Trojan linebacker Cam Smith acknowledges USC has to play sound assignment football to stay undefeated in the coming weeks. That didn’t happen on Saturday and its part of the reason why USC was pushed to the limit by a seemingly overmatched opponent.
“All 11 guys must be doing the right thing at all times,” Smith said after the UNLV game. “Today was a game where one person came out of their gap or whatever and they found it. So preventing those big plays we all have to make sure we’re doing the right thing at the right time and we’re focusing on our assignment. And I think we’re going to get a lot of that from first game jitters and wanting to make a play.”
USC’s next opponent is Stanford. The Cardinal have a well-respected rushing attack so the expectation is improvement necessary for USC. But Stanford’s rush game was held to just 50 yards in its season opener and seems containable.