I will admit that I have a lot of residual anger against USC because of what they did to Ohio State a long enough time ago to pass the statute of limitations, but hey, I'm a sad, bitter person. So this is at least somewhat funny to me:
The Trojans’ first-team offense ran eight drives. They had one first down, one interception and six three-and-outs.
The reality is, USC’s offense could not move the ball. The running game found little space. Darnold threw erratically — one pass air-mailed his target by several feet. The secondary manhandled his pass catchers.
USC’s lone touchdown came during a red-zone period, when Ronald Jones punched in a short run. In the same period, a pass with too much loft facilitated a one-handed interception by Ajene Harris. A mushy route by Deontay Burnett didn’t help.
Yeah, it's the first week of practice, and yeah Darnold is still probably really good. But pardon me if I don't grin like an idiot the more of these reports I read.