Utah played four quarters and scored 28 points.
USC played one-and-a-half quarters and scored 38.
It was nice of USC, but totally unnecessary, to spot Utah two-and-a-half quarters.
I kid, of course, but that is what it felt like watching the Trojans play the Utes Thursday night. USC was mistake ridden, slow and ineffectual for three quarters. They looked, at times, like they were completely capable of giving the game away.
And then something happened in the fourth quarter. The offense started firing on all cylinders when both Silas Redd and Curtis McNeal were out with injuries, and Lane Kiffin finally started calling passing plays. But I will get to both of those gorgeous long balls and Kiffin’s play-calling later.
Let’s just dive in and take a look at the 10 things we learned from the Trojans win versus Utah.