No one really expected the USC Trojans to pull off the major upset over the Alabama Crimson Tide last weekend. The Trojans came into the season as the #20 team in the country with talent on both sides of the ball. The Crimson Tide are the defending national champions and entered the season as the #1 team in the country, a statement to the recruiting ability of Nick Saban.
USC held their only lead of the game in the first quarter, leading 3-0. That lead wouldn’t last much longer, as the Trojans ultimately lost 52-6 at AT&T Stadium. Alabama obviously ended up dominating the game, outgaining USC 465-194 yards. Sophomore Marlon Humphrey took a Alabama took Max Brown 18-yards to the house to extend the Alabama lead 17-3.
That would be the closest the USC football program would get to Alabama all game. Alabama would go on a 38-0 run, including sophomore Marlon Humphrey taking a Max Brown 18-yards to the house to extend the Alabama lead 17-3 before the half. Alabama continued their dominance in the third quarter, led by a 71-yard catch and run from freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts to junior wide receiver ArDarius Stewart. Hurts would go on to run for two touchdowns in the third quarter. Hurts finished the game with only six passes for 118 yards, with two touchdowns along with 32 rushing yards and two scores.
The Alabama rushing attack would be too much for USC to handle, running all over the Trojan defense for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Damien Harris ran for 138 yards on only nine carries, while fellow sophomore back Bo Scarbrough ran for 26 yards and his a touchdown, once again proving the Crimson Tide’s rushing attack is worth the price of admission for Alabama football tickets alone.
It was an embarrassing loss for Clay Helton and the USC Trojans, but they must put this game behind them quickly. After they play Utah State at home, they will then travel to Stanford to take on their Pac-12 rival and national title contender. The Crimson Tide will now welcome Western Kentucky to Tuscaloosa before Ole Miss comes to town to open SEC play.