USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox attracted a crowd of reporters Wednesday, one far larger than, say, the gaggle of defensive players usually in place to defend a Hail Mary pass.
The main topic, of course, was the Trojans defense’s failure to stop Arizona State’s game-winning Hail Mary touchdown pass Saturday at the Coliseum.
“I’ve got to do a better job of getting information to them,” Wilcox said.
Several players said after the game that they were unaware the defensive play call had been switched.
Some players thought they were defending against a short pass to set up a field goal, others a Hail Mary. Not both.
“One defense is better against one thing and one’s better against the other,” Wilcox said. “I was obviously wrong in what my judgment was, but I thought our odds were better to defend the jump ball, and make sure they didn’t get a 10-yard throw and kick a field goal and win the game.”