The final score failed to convey how close USC came to being embarrassed or how that fear spread throughout the stands in the Coliseum.
Special players can do that, make a play here, another there, and erase the memories of the anxiety that persisted for the majority of an afternoon.
JT Daniels was that player Saturday.
The qualities that separated Daniels from the Trojans’ other quarterbacks were showcased in the 43-21 victory over UNLV.
The swift release. The velocity of the passes. The composure.
The third characteristic, this Zen-like calmness of the true freshman quarterback starting his first college game, was really what allowed the Titanic to miss...