USC has big problems after embarrassing loss

By Greg Beacham

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Sept. 8 2013 11:14 p.m. MDT

Southern California coach Lane Kiffin watches his team warm up for an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

Chris Carlson, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Southern California hadn't even finished the first half of its home opener before the Coliseum crowd erupted in boos for its inept offense and full-throated chants of "Fire Kiffin!"

Lane Kiffin heard it all night long during a disheartening 10-7 loss to Washington State.

And while the fourth-year coach isn't about to agree with the instructions, he couldn't argue with the sentiment.

"That's not a performance that anybody should have to pay to see," Kiffin said.

USC (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) was knocked out of the AP Top 25 with an embarrassing offensive performance against the Cougars, who held the Trojans to their fewest total yards (193) and single-game yards passing (54) since 1998.

While USC's defense was dominant, the talent-laden offense was shockingly poor, with two quarterbacks struggling equally.

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