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USC football: Defense ranks first in several categories
USC football: Defense ranks first in several categories

While USC fans booed Lane Kiffin’s play-calling during the Trojans’ 10-7 loss to Washington State, the defense has mostly earned raves. The defense has given up only one touchdown in two games. The Trojans, who play Boston College on Saturday, rank first nationally in rushing defense, surrendering only 15 yards a game, and in sacks with 11. The Trojans are 11th in total defense (226.5 yards a game) and 19th in scoring defense (11.9 points a game). In January, after Kiffin’s father, Monte, resigned as the top defensive assistant, Kiffin hired defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who installed  a “52” scheme. During the weekly Pac-12 Conference...

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