USC quarterback Caleb Williams said he was going home to hug his dog after the team lost to Washington, 52-42, on Saturday, the Trojans’ third loss in four games after a 6-0 start.
He wasn’t the only one struggling. After the game, Southern California fired defensive coordinator Alex Grinch with two games left in the disappointing regular season.
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USC, now 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-12, surrendered 572 yards and 52 points to No. 5 Washington. USC was unranked in Sunday’s AP Top 25 for the first time in coach Lincoln Riley’s two-year tenure at the school.
USC will have defensive line coach Shaun Nua and inside linebackers Coach Brian Odom as co-defensive coordinators for the remainder of the season, which includes games against Oregon and UCLA before a llikely minor bowl game.
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