Opener leaves questions for Trojans 

August, 30, 2013
When you’re finished analyzing and reanalyzing the opener, criticizing the young quarterbacks here and the feeble offensive line there, praising the energy and aggressiveness of the new defensive scheme and questioning the overly conservative play calling of the head coach, the bottom line is this -- that was Hawaii on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

That was a team ranked as low as 110th in the country by some preseason publications. That was a group expected to be your basic opening-game punching bag.

The fact it didn’t turn out that way -- that USC struggled to sustain blocks on the smaller, less-talented Rainbow Warriors, that it managed to score only one offensive touchdown in the first 30 minutes, that it actually fell behind by the baseball score of 5-3 at one wobbly point in that strange first half -- doesn’t exactly bode well for the immediate future.