It was a big day for USC. Under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, the Trojans got their first Pac-12 victory of the season and are back on the winning track.
It was also a big day for USC defensive lineman J.R. Tavai.
Tavai started for the Trojans in place of Morgan Breslin, who is out with a hip injury. Tavai was handed an opporunity to prove to the coaches what he can do, and he delivered.
Tavai ended the game with 10 tackles, 3.5 for a loss and 0.5 sack. At one point, Tavai even lead the Trojan defense in tackles. The sack, with Leonard Williams, came against B.J. Denker in the first quarter, causing chatoic cheers from the Trojan Faithful.
Following the game, Tavai said he is excited about the opportunity, and looks forward to continuing to prove himself for the rest of the season.
"I can compete with the best," said Tavai. "And if the coaches give me the opportunity again, I'll put my heart out on the field."