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Run adjustment sparked Trojans

USC changed its run approach against Washington to smashing success

Updated: November 17, 2011, 3:02 AM ET
By Kyle Williams | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- The Trojans have been moving the chains with their running game, gaining at least 200 yards in three of their last four games. Saturday, USC coach Lane Kiffin was looking to his backfield again for another big performance running the football, but he was met by a Washington defense that knew it was coming.

[+] EnlargeMarc Tyler
Joe Andras/WeAreSC.comA simple adjustment in USC's rushing attack Saturday went a long way, allowing backs like Marc Tyler to thrive.
Most of the Trojans success in running the ball these past weeks come between the tackles with the inside zone play. With the offensive line and tight ends doing a good job pushing their men off the line of scrimmage and the running backs running downhill and hitting the gaps hard, it has been difficult for defenses to stop.

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