Arizona State Loses To USC 14-9 But Hope Shines Through

Ed MedinaCorrespondent INovember 8, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils walks off the field after a turnover against the USC Trojans during the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Trojans defeated the Devils 14-9. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Goodbye Danny Sullivan! Thanks for your effort, and thanks for trying! Now, Meet Brock Osweiller, the future of Arizona State football.

After a dismal first half which included a Cameron Marshall fumble that undoubtedly cost us points, a Danny Sullivan pick six, and another Danny Sullivan interception in which he attempted a Tim Tebow jump pass that had me rolling, Brock Osweiller was brought into the game, down 14-3, to a large ovation and a sigh of relief from the Arizona State faithful.

Shortly after entering the game, Brock Osweiller led the Devils on an eight play/80 yard drive that culminated in a Touchdown pass to WR Chris Mcgaha and effectively earned him the starting spot as Quarterback for Arizona State. This closed the gap on USC to 14-9 but no other points would be scored and Arizona State would fall to USC later.

Now, how could I, and other Devil fans, be so optimistic after a 10th straight loss to USC?

Well, if you have been following ASU this season you would have gotten a chance to see how inept the offense was with Danny Sullivan at the reins. Three and Out was the name of the game every time the offense took the field.

Now, with Brock Osweiller at Quarterback things started to happen, new dimension were added. Instead of taking a sack or throwing it out of bounds as Danny Sullivan would have done, Osweiller used his feet to make plays and scrambled for first downs and extra yardage.

Another observation that I had while watching was that the entire offense seemed to be rejuvenated and get a lot faster with Osweiller at Quarterback. The offense was also mistake free, something that it never was under Danny Sullivan.

There is also tremendous depth at the Quarterback position for next year, as Steven Threet, Brock Osweiller, and Samson Szakacsy all set to duel it out for the Quarterback position. Couple that with an amazing defense brewing at ASU and good offensive recruits, and times look to be pretty good in the future at ASU.

On a side note, congratulations to the Defense for absolutely playing their butts off last night! Allowing seven points to Matt Barkley (who they made look like a fool) and USC is no small task at all. By far they are the most under rated defensive unit in college football.

Fork 'em Devils!