Junior defense end Rasheem Green, another Serra product, recorded 1 sack and a tackle for a loss. Junior linebacker Cameron Smith led the way with 10 stops. And the Trojans secondary …. junior safety Marvell Tell (Crespi), sophomore cornerback Jack Jones (Long Beach Poly) and junior cornerback Iman Marshall (Long Beach Poly) … held the Ohio State passing game in check.
The Trojans do lose stud linebacker Uchennea Nwosu, nose tackle Josh Fatu (Lakewood) and strong safety Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga) but, with excellent recruiting classes … hello CIF-SS … USC should be able to replenish the ranks and challenge for a College Football Playoff spot in a year.
“It was pretty successful. We won a Pac-12 Championship. We got 11 wins. We wanted this last one, but it never went that way. I would say this season was successful on the whole,” said Hawkins on his last game with USC. “It’s a team game. I don’t put blame on offense, defense, special teams or anything. It’s a team game. As a team, they were better than us today.”
Junior running back Ronald Jones scored his 20th touchdown of the season on a one-yard run just before halftime.
“They’re the best defense we’ve seen this season. We went in and made a couple of adjustments, but in the end, it just wasn’t enough,” said Jones, who gained 72 yards on 19 carries.