Run Game Lacking, McNeal Expected It

USC senior tailback says he expected the Trojans to have a lopsided offense this season... but that it needs to change in order to be successful.

It's no secret, the Trojans have been airing it out this season. They've been called the most dynamic trio in college football, quarterback Matt Barkley and his receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. But are they all the Trojans need to put W's in the win column?

Their display on Saturday in the 21-14 loss to Stanford should be enough for a big no. USC Coach Lane Kiffin says it needs to change, that the Trojans need a more balanced offense and to get the run game going. But as Kiffin continues to emphasize the importance of keeping the ball on the ground, his senior tailback says he isn't surprised the plays are being called to go through the air. Through three games, 112 pass plays have been called compared to only 84 run plays.

"I expected that," said Curtis McNeal. When asked what he meant, "just expected it, that's all," is the only clarification the senior back gave.

McNeal says he expects the play calling, and more specifically the run game, will change as the season continues, "We can't just depend on Barkley, Marqise, and Woody all day to make plays, " he said. "Other guys on our team are going to have to step up."

"(It's) very important," Woods said of establishing the run game. "We have two great running backs and we just need to show that."

Kiffin says his goal is to be at a 50/50 run-pass ratio by the end of the season, though every game is bound to be different. "Some games we'll run more and some games we'll throw more," he said.

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