Commentary

Trojans forget first rule of football

USC's carelessness with the ball at key times keeps them from big win

Updated: September 30, 2011, 2:05 PM ET
By Kyle Williams | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- The first rule for every high school, college or professional football team is to take care of the ball at all costs.

Saturday night, the Trojans failed to follow the one rule they've learned to live by since they were introduced to the sport, as Arizona State turned a close game into a 43-22 blowout at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

USC turned over the ball four times, including three in the second half, two in the red zone and another just outside it at the ASU 25-yard line. If those drives had different outcomes, the Trojans certainly could have won the game. Instead, ASU celebrated its first win against USC since 1999.

Kyle Williams | email

Analyst, WeAreSC.com

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