It was a rather uneventful win for USC on Saturday, taking down Utah State 17-14. The Trojans were forced to grind out the victory over a a high-powered Aggies' offense, lead by Chuckie Keeton in what Kiffin called a "hard fought" win.
But outside linebacker and captain Devon Kennard doesn't discriminate against the Trojans' victory.
"A win. that's most important," said Kennard. "We got good stops on defense, and the offense did what they needed to do for us to win and that's all that matters."
The Trojans' defense continued their "lights out" play, according to Kiffin. Since USC's new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast came to Troy, the Trojans' defense has become the No. 4 in the nation and the No. 2 against the run. And as Kennard says, all the credit lies on Pendergast.
"The scheme we put in and us players making plays," said Kennard. "Coach Pendergast puts us in the position to make plays and on Saturday we go out and do it."
The Trojans' defense will face another high-caliber offense this weekend as they go on the road to face Arizona State in the desert.