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USC’s Lincoln Riley backs defense after SJSU win: ‘It’s going to be a climb’

By Grant Hughes, 247Sports: USC kicked off year two of the Lincoln Riley era with a 56-28 win over San Jose State on Saturday night. Despite an elite performance from star quarterback Caleb Williams and the offense, the Trojans’ much-maligned defense was the big story in the first half.

A late coverage bust between Max Williams and Domani Jackson helped the Spartans hit on a 28-yard passing score eight seconds before halftime, tightening the margin at 21-14.

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