But lost somewhat amid
"When you've been around this business," defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said, "there's going to be days like that."
Pendergast, former defensive coordinator for the
"Nobody thought we were going to be very good in the playoffs," he said. "So those kinds of games happen and, obviously, you want to keep them to a minimum."
Pendergast coached at
The Trojans' problems against Arizona State sprang from a good performance by Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly and "miscommunication and mental errors that we hadn't had the first four weeks," Pendergast said. He added that the mistakes had been addressed and would be corrected.
Pendergast and the defensive backs had dinner away from campus Wednesday night.
"Just a chance to get out and … be in a different setting and just relax a little bit and not really have to talk about football all the time," he said.
USC has an open date Saturday. The Trojans play Arizona on Thursday night at the