sddjd Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 38 Likes Received: 16 Jan 2, 2018 #41 While I agree with most of his comments on play calling and special teams, this was also somewhat of a canned article. For all the heat our OL is taking, USC put up 413 yards of offense to OSU's 277; as much as Darnold had to run for his life there's NO argument to say we couldn't move the ball. This was a game where just a couple breaks going the other way could have completely changed the outcome (and yes I'm being charitable with the appalling lack of performance by the referee crew, which should already have been the subject of a fiery protest by our AD): The infamous clothesline, missed conversion into scoring territory Next scoring opportunity stolen from Mitchell And the next, same corner and same ref (coincidentally) Even Urban walked away from this last no-call trying to hide the smirk on his face at the blatant PI that occurred. Now, every team in every big game needs to be prepared to deal with a move past missed/blown calls, but we also need to acknowledge that the article's description of USC's failures to execute are largely based on two egregious touchdown-saving penalties by OSU. Our receivers were open in both cases, and without the PI's momentum shifts and the final drive possibly being for a tie or go-ahead score. Shoulda, coulda, woulda... yes. We stepped on our own feet repeatedly, but Meyer's article could easily have USC and OSU flipped but for a handful of plays in what was otherwise a statistically strong performance by USC, and one that IMO solidified the argument against OSU's claim that they deserved a CFP slot (something Alabama backed up last night). Still, eleven wins ugly or not; fight on! Attached Files: IMG_5955.JPG File size: 27.5 KB Views: 10 IMG_5960.JPG File size: 29.4 KB Views: 8 IMG_5962.JPG File size: 23.6 KB Views: 8 Last edited: Jan 2, 2018 Rodgarnay51 likes this.