There was plenty of speculation leading into this game about who was going to be the quarterback for USC. It turns out that the defense might render the play of the man under center moot.
The Trojan’s defense, under new coordinator Clancy Pendergast, forced Hawai’i and their first time starting quarterback Taylor Graham into four interceptions on the way to a 30-11 victory over the Rainbow Warriors.
Graham, a transfer from Ohio State who had not started a game since high school, completed 16 for 41 passes for 209 yards, a touchdown and those four picks, one of which was returned for a touchdown in the first half. Graham also misfired on several option routes and missed open receivers down the field as well, serving as a major impediment to Hawai’i’s potential success in this game. Graham’s receivers let him down, though, by bobbling some catchable balls.
Graham did, however, manage to throw an early contender for block of the year:
Graham’s ineptitude un...