Defense Steps Up 

November, 20, 2011
11/20/11
11:31
AM PT
The importance of the USC defense in Saturday night's 38-35 victory over Oregon can't be overstated. No matter how many points the Trojans scored, the Ducks were eventually going to make a charge. Their offensive attack is too good to think it wasn’t going to happen.

Sure enough, the Ducks did mount a comeback. There was a point in the game when Oregon really got a roll, but even that didn’t last too long. When Oregon's train gets rolling, it usually doesn't stop. But it did last night.

It can even be argued that the second-half success by the Ducks –- particularly in the fourth quarter –- had something to do with a tired USC defense. The Trojans defenders were worn out on the final few drives after a long day of terrific pursuit and coverage. They had enough to barely hang on, but that was what their team needed.