The game on Thursday night between No. 17 USC and Washington at the Coliseum was not a classic. In fact, it was actually very bad. The Trojans looked like they were on the comeback trail after trailing 17-6 early in the fourth quarter, but horrendous playcalling and a missed field goal crippled their late-game attempts and gave Washington a 17-12 win.
Down the stretch, USC was able to run the ball effectively with Ronald Jones and Tre Madden. They were picking up big chunks of yardage, and the only person who could stop them was ... Steve Sarkisian. The head coach repeatedly went to the pass despite Washington's inability to consistently stop the run, and it bit them squarely on the backside.
USC rushing attack: 215 yards, 34 attempts USC pass attack: 131 yards, 34 attempts AND THEY KEPT THROWING LATE— Avinash Kunnath (@avinashkunnath) October 9, 2015
GOTTA IGNORE ASK CORSO THERE SARK.— THE KEY PLAY (@thekeyplay) October 9, 2015
What is the USC equivalent of Run the Dang Ball?— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) October 9, 2015
fyi @usc_athletics runthedangball dot com is available if you need it— martin rickman (@martinrickman) October 9, 2015
Let's check in on the howling spleen that is USC Twitter and see how they're handl -- oh. Oh dear.
Steve Sarkisian trying to get out in time for Applebee's happy hour— Nah (@kalizmostwanted) October 9, 2015
Is Steve Sarkisian Al Golden west ?— ABS (@absdadon) October 9, 2015
How you know Sarkisian is the worst: pic.twitter.com/0jACUH0ig0— Liz Blumberg (@the_BLUM) October 9, 2015
Pat Haden should dump Sark into the La Brea tar pits.— RossWB (@RossWB) October 9, 2015
Pat Haden might send Sark on a postgame nightime sightseeing flight just so he can fire him on the tarmac.— Patrick Vint (@HS_BHGP) October 9, 2015
When does Sark tweet a Wiz Khalifa lyric?— Paul Costanzo (@PaulCostanzo) October 9, 2015
Sark to BYU?— #PickLakeCity (@nohouse1984) October 9, 2015
Don't worry, they didn't!
Sark's not *that* bad
Who's gonna win seven games this year? pic.twitter.com/zVWO9BnVN5— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) October 9, 2015
Steve Sarkisian is 31-26 in Pac-12 games in 7 years as a coach. Why people call this an upset every time is beyond me.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) October 9, 2015
Okay, that's enough for the Internet. How'd the fans handle it in the stadium?
"**** YOU SARK!" cascades down from the crowd as the Trojans run off.— Shotgun Spratling (@ShotgunSpr) October 9, 2015
Sark speedwalking out. Serious boos audible pic.twitter.com/V9mES6yglk— Kyle Kensing (@kensing45) October 9, 2015