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USC Trojans Football: Same Old Song and Dance


This is becoming a yearly thing: USC is picked to go to the National Championship in the preseason, they get upset once, they go to the Rose Bowl, and they absolutely dominate led by an outstanding performance by their standout player from the regular season.

Yet again, this unexpected event occurred. (Catch the hint of sarcasm there?)

Let’s flash back to last season: preseason ranking was #1. In Week 5, Stanford upset them. Just routine, right? However, then, in Week 9, they were upset again, this time by Oregon and Dennis Dixon. Still, 2 conference losses couldn’t keep them down, as they stilled played in the Rose Bowl game against Illinois. Of course, they killed the Juice Williams-led team: 49-17 was the final score, in favor of the Trojans.

Now, coming back to this season: started the season ranked #3. Started strong, beating first Virginia, an average team, 52-7, then #5 Ohio State 35-3. Looking good going into a game against Oregon State, right? I mean, #1 going against practically nobody compared to their former opponents. Well, they got surprised, losing 27-21, all but destroying their hopes at a national title.  As is routine, they went on to thrash the remainder of their schedule, leaving them with a Rose Bowl bid.

Which brings me to yesterday: against Penn State, it wasn’t even a contest. It looked like it was going to be a good game after the first quarter, as it was knotted up at 7 after the first quarter.

The second quarter was a completely different story, as USC outscored Penn State 24-0, giving them a 31-7 lead going into halftime.

The rest of the game was uninteresting: no scores in the third quarter, but the Nittany Lions made a mini-comeback in the third, outscoring USC 17-7 in the fourth, but USC still won by two touchdowns, 38-24, sort of reminiscent of the 32-18 USC upset win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl two years ago.

Complete dominance, especially by USC QB Mark Sanchez, who had a career day: 413 passing yards, second all-time in the Rose Bowl, 4 pass TDs,  0 INTs, 7 Rush for 16 yards and a TD.

Just the Same Old Song and Dance for the USC Football Trojans. (Credit to Aerosmith for the lyrics.)

That’s all I have for you. 

Thanks for reading!


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