USC Punks UCLA, 28-7 in 2009 version of annual college football rivalry

So for me, a Trojan, the score is nice to see.  But the real story of the game was what happened in the last minute of play.  I almost skipped over it because the game's outcome was settled at 21-7, but you can see the video below.  USC had the ball and was ready to take a knee to run out the clock.  But UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel called a timeout; apparently, he felt like it was still worthwhile for him to try to get the ball back one more time.  So USC's Coach Pete Carroll and staff responded by calling a real play; USC scored on that play, a beautiful, long pass for a touchdown that ultimately created the final 28-7 score.

Bruin players and coaches were angry and started to storm the field.  Cooler heads prevailed, though, and what looked like a brewing fight between the teams didn't happen.

Coach Carroll got some early press questioning his call to go for the touchdown, but I think this article analyzes the situation perfectly: USC was ready to end the game gracefully.  UCLA chose to continue play, so USC did.  UCLA just plain got beat.

The rivalry just heated up a notch because of this, I'm sure.  Next year's game should be something to watch.

One more note: I love that both teams have agreed to wear their home team colors (usually, one team is in white, the other in their full colors).  The teams agreed to re-start this tradition last year; I think it makes the game more fun to watch.


2009 Close Fight Between Rivalry USC and UCLA Football Game

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The football rivalry is really good. It will bring a lot of school spirit in there. - Aaron Kocourek

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