After losing to Oregon and then later getting blown out by Stanford, the Southern Cal football program was woefully short on hutzpah as they entered their next-to-last game of the season, hosting UCLA. And so it was Carroll calling for a long bomb in the fourth quarter when the Persons of Troy already had the game in hand, running up the score…all the way to 28 points. Way to put an exclamation point on that win, Pete.
The talking point from a 28-7 [win] over its crosstown rival will be the sequence that began with USC taking over at the UCLA 47 with 54 seconds left. USC quarterback Matt Barkley, protecting a 21-7 lead, took a knee, content to run out the clock.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel called timeout.[..]
So, instead of taking a knee, Barkley dropped back and flicked a deep pass to Damian Williams for a 48-yard touchdown that touched off a wild celebration on the USC sideline and nearly brought the two teams to blows.
“It’s just the heart of a competitor, just battling,” Carroll said.
I wouldn’t even do that in Madden, let alone in real life. Anyway, if Oregon beats Oregon State on Thursday, it will be the first time since 2001 that Southern Cal will be denied all or part of a Pac 10 title. And that’s fine with me. Let someone else beat up on the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl for once.