Coming off a big program win over then No. 23 ranked Stanford a week ago on Saturday, Sept. 7, freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis proved the majority of critics wrong winning his first career start.
The freshman quarterback was brilliant in the win, completing 28-of-33 passes for 377 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He added six rushes for 12 yards.
But in his second career start against BYU Saturday, Sept. 14, it all came crashing down in a 30-27 overtime-loss.
In his first road start, Slovis showed his inexperience as a freshman throwing three interceptions, none more costly than the costly throw that was picked off by BYU defensive back Dayan Ghanwoloku.
Throughout the night, Slovis forced bad pass after bad pass into tight windows and the BYU defense dropped back into zone coverage making the throws and windows that much tighter. Slovis finished completing 24-of-34 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns for a QB rating of 54.0.
With the loss the Trojans (2-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-12 South) fall out of the College Football AP Top 25 Week 4 Rankings where they previously held the No. 24 spot and the road doesn’t get any easier as USC faces three ranked opponents, two of which are from the Pac-12, in No. 10 ranked Utah (Friday, Sept. 19) and No. 22 Washington (Saturday, Sept. 28) and have a bye week before facing No. 7 Notre Dame on the road (Saturday, Oct. 12).