Pittman: Stanford had a really good plan for us
USC travelled to Palo Alto, Calif. on Saturday with high hopes, big dreams and a young football team. Stanford offered a rude awakening for the Trojans. The Cardinal outplayed USC in every aspect of the game on the way to a 17-3 victory. It was an especially impressive outing for the home team’s secondary.
The USC passing game had a difficult time getting started and just never went anywhere. JT Daniels went 16 of 34 for 216 yards and 2 interceptions. USC didn’t have a receiver top 90 yards and obviously no one got in the end zone.
USC’s head coach and one receiver gave plenty of credit to Stanford’s secondary for that performance. And for good reason. The Cardinal played a physical game in the secondary, attacked the ball and did so without drawing the attention of the referees.
"I feel like they did a good job calling coverages, just combinations to get help with their corners,” Michael Pittman said after the Stanford defensive backfield game. “I feel like they had a good plan for us and it just didn’t go our way tonight.”
Clay Helton echoed the statements of his star receiver.
“I thought they really played well on the back end tonight,” Helton said of Stanford during the postgame presser. “We tried to get some explosive plays and they were making us go the long way. It never felt like we could get the field flipped during the game. They did a great job of playing clean football. They won the turnover battle and you didn’t see a ton of penalties.”
The Trojan quarterbacks and receivers will get an easier task when they travel to Austin to face the Texas Longhorns (5 PM, Fox) this coming weekend. Stanford is currently ranked 34th overall in pass defense. Texas is ranked 70th.