USC Picture Of The Night

I said on the USC podcast yesterday the game that was a red-flag for me during the 2005 season was against Arizona State.

USC trailed, 21-3, at halftime and did not score a TD in the first half of a game for the first time since the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl.

The Trojans scored 21 straight points to take a 24-21 lead but Arizona State scored and led 28-24 with only 5:57 remaining. That was when Reggie Bush reeled off a 34-yard TD run followed by a 46-yard TD run by LenDale White.

“This team will go through hell and back before it takes a loss,” linebacker Oscar Lua said.

21 thoughts on “USC Picture Of The Night

  1. “This team will go through hell and back before it takes a loss,” linebacker Oscar Lua said.

    Oscar was 100% right. That was the only attitude to have under Pete, McKay, JRobb. If only that could be recreated with the Trojans now.

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    1. Arturo, I agree it was a great team. The football gods just weren’t with us in the National Championship game that year. Plus some questionable play-calling…

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    2. Wrong. The defense was our weakness. Remember how Reggie had to will the team to victory over Fresno State at the Coliseum despite the defense giving up 42 points? The 2004 team was better overall and rivaled the 1972 Mike Rae led team as the greatest ever.

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      1. Hard to compare across eras, but the ’72 team had the overwhelming defense, exactly what the ’05 team did not have. I doubt more than half of the ’72 opponents scored in double figures, and they overwhelmed Ohio State in the ’73 RB. The ’04 team was great on both sides of the ball.

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    3. Just shows the lack of football or sports knowledge from Wolf because that game was said to have been a strong point that built the team’s character.

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      1. No it revealed the team’s weakness which showed up again at the end of the NC game against Texas game when Vince Young sliced through our defense like a hot knife through butter.

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      2. I take my comment back, I was wrong on the game. I was referring to the game where again we came back after Leinart went out hurt but LenDale scored a long td. Brandon Hancock caught a pass and took a long ways. It was ASU away game before this one i believe. That was a game that got us rolling.

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      3. Young did that against every defense that year. His gaudy numbers against SC were the only way that Texas had a chance. Texas blew most teams out that year and didn’t need Young to plays in fourth quarters.
        If any game was a red flag for the NC, it was the Fresno game.

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      4. Definitely.
        We almost and probably should have lost that game. They were legit though and they’re fans traveled well for that game. Lot of Bulldogs in the Coliseum that night

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  2. I was at that game- the worst experience ever at a live venue I ever experienced. The “ Heat House “ as it is known. Thank goodness for the victory and that was only enduring 115 temperatures and humidity that was worse than Virginia Tech or the Orange Bowl. My lasting memory was Jake Plummer jumping & hollowing & threw his hand in the air signaling that he & ASU are #1 going towards the tunnel at halftime. The crowd frenzy was amazing & Pete Carroll trademarks- home team fans leaving their beloved stadiums in tears due to the Trojans coming to town. I’m stealing the line from “ Remember the Titans” “Attitude reflects Leadership “ Oscar Lua had Pete Carroll/ Ed Ogeron past couple years Cameron Smith had Nansen/ Baxter & that Moron head coach who I refuse to name- No inkling of any respect to the F——- As—- . I’m paying for my profanity $2.00 a challenge from work due to daily “ 3-alarm fires”.

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    1. To be fair every person I know that has watched a USC game at ASU or Arizona have all told me that it was the worst or most boring games and experiences ever for a Trojan game that USC won or loss.

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      1. Only for the dummies who don’t know where to go to have a great weekend. Scottsdale and Tucson are both resort destinations for East Coast Snow Birds and they send their kids to both schools.

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      2. Now that I realize who you are I’m glad you didn’t go either. Tucson and Scottsdale benefitted from your absence you stalker freak.

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      3. Yes you have had many identities here but you always give yourself away with your Gargamel insults. You just can’t help yourself, Smurf Boy.

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    2. With all due respect, gt, you have a real chip on your shoulders lately calling people dummies, brainless, and thinking you know more than anyone here. What gives? Why so self righteous? Do you hate SAS and myself that much? We didn’t graduate from SC and it seems like, because you did, you have some kind of misplaced sense of entitlement and know better than us non-SC-grads. Everyone else here is respectful- even when we disagree. I would like it to be the same with you.

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      1. You are way out of line, Arturo . I wasn’t calling Sam a dummy, I was saying that about the people who he said told him travelling to Scottsdale or Tucson was a “worst or boring” game experience. It’s not. Tucson has a warm dry climate like Palm Springs, great Mexican food (much much better than LA) and has world class resorts, dude ranches and golf courses like La Ventana and La Paloma. It also has the unique Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Kartchner Caverns and historic Tombstone with an hours drive. Scottsdale is another great resort town. If you can’t have fun there, then the problem resides within those people. Have you ever been to either town for a SC football weekend? I have. I’d much rather go there than boring, chilly Eugene or Corvallis. But I manage to have a good time even there. Why don’t you learn a little humility and realize you don’t know everything and there’s nothing wrong with others who actually went to USC and were at these games correcting your or other fan;s inaccurate takes?

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  3. I was at that game. It was 118 degrees. They have aluminum seats and i was sitting on top. It was like a wok. People were passing out by the droves. That was to be a 7 pm game but some schmuk decided to play the game at 12 pm in September.

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    1. TV rules all. I remember going to a SC-UA game in 1999 that they moved to 12:30PM and we had to eat an eegee’s snow cone each quarter to stay hydrated.

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