I’ve been highlighting some games from the 2005 season this week and it’s time to discuss the thrilling victory over Notre Dame.
You already know the key points, of course. And I’ve talked before about how I thought the atmosphere was even more intense than the USC-Texas game because it had a lopsided crowd rooting for Notre Dame.
So three observations:
1.) I remember in the locker room a USC intern moved to tears, unable to work, because of the magnituse of the game.
2.) There was locker room damage caused by an emotional USC team after it finished celebrating on the field. It wasn’t the first time. USC also damaged the locker room celebrating the 1997 victory, which was another emotional roller coaster.
3.) Long after the locker room emptied, I spoke to Pete Carroll alone before he walked outside to get on the team bus. We didn’t talk much about the game itself. Instead, the conversation was more light-hearted and focused on his budding rivalry with Charlie Weis. The game saved USC’s season but Carroll drew great satisfaction in beating Weis. For the next few years, Carroll enjoyed needling or hearing comments regarding Weis, who seemed to rub him the wrong way.