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USC has big problems after embarrassing loss

Published: Monday, July 6 2015 11:21 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) 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.

Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler, right, scores past Washington State cornerback Daquawn Brown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.  (Chris Carlson, Associated Press) Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler, right, scores past Washington State cornerback Daquawn Brown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. (Chris Carlson, Associated Press)

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

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