BEAT THE HUSKIES!!!

Er, sorry, forgot to post a USC-Washington game thread earlier. It’s a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter, with USC looking very sloppy so far. Oh yeah, and two of our starting offensive linesmen got injured on the same play. D’oh!

Meanwhile, Auburn is beating Florida 7-0 early.

UPDATE: UW scored, USC answered, and it’s 7-7. Meanwhile, Auburn’s lead is now 14-0! War Eagle!

UPDATE 2: Another Trojan injury! Good grief!

Forget the third string. Could USC’s all-gimp team beat Notre Dame? :)

UPDATE 3: Trojans 17, Huskies 14 at halftime.

UPDATE 4: Heeeere we go. Bring on the Pete Carroll Second-Half Magic!TM

UPDATE 5: UW looks asleep, but USC hasn’t done anything yet either. Still 17-14. Meanwhile, it’s now the fourth quarter in Gainsville, and Auburn leads 17-3. Woooo!

According to Brent Musberger, if either USC or Florida loses tonight, it’ll be the first time since October 11, 2003 that five Top 10 teams have lost in one weekend. I remember that day very well: it was two weeks after USC’s triple-overtime loss to Cal, which had dropped the Trojans from #3 to #10 in the polls. They had climbed back to #9 the week before, on the strength of their win at Arizona State; I lived in New York City at that time, but I was visiting Becky the weekend of October 4, and we were at Sun Devil Stadium for the game — which turned out to be the first win of the 34-game winning streak. Anyway, I was back in New York on October 11, and Dane happened to be in town, so we got together and went down to the bar where the USC alumni club was meeting to watch the Trojans play Stanford. We watched the scoreboard giddily as one Top 10 team after another lost: #3 Ohio State, #5 Florida State, #6 LSU, #7 Arkansas and #10 Nebraska. I think we may have had a few drinks to celebrate those losses and USC’s win; I recall stumbling toward the subway later, marvelling at the beauty of being in a city where picking a designated driver isn’t an issue. :) Anyway, as a result of those losses by previously undefeated teams, and of USC’s easy win over the Farm, the Trojans climbed all the way back to #5 in the AP poll and #4 in the coaches poll the following week. It was almost like the Cal loss had never happened. October 11, 2003 set the stage for USC’s eventual split championship with LSU. (In fact, if I’m being honest, the biggest reason USC was ranked #1 in the final regular-season AP poll, with LSU #2, is because the Trojans suffered their loss two weeks before the Tigers did.)

UPDATE 6: USC 24, Washington 17 with 11:01 left in the fourth quarter. This one may actually go down to the wire!

UPDATE 7: 15 penalties, 151 yards. Is this a Paul Hackett-coached team???

Also, will Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit please stop talking about irrelevant s**t and TALK ABOUT THE GAME?!? It would be different it this were a blowout, but it’s a close, exciting game!! The endless headshots of the two announcers are getting extremely old, too. Show the field, show the players, show the coaches, show the fans, show the cheerleaders… show something other than two white guys sitting in a bland booth talking to each other! Ugh!

UPDATE 8: AUBURN WINS!!!! WOOOO!!!!!!

Meanwhile, it looked like Washington had intercepted the ball in their own end zone with 3:06 left down by just 7, but it now appears it will be overturned on replay and USC can go for a field goal to take a 10-point lead.

UPDATE 9: Field goal good! 27-17 Trojans.

37 Responses to “BEAT THE HUSKIES!!!”

  1. Becky says:

    SC is not playing well at all right now. I think if Washington wants this game, they need to hang a whole bunch of points before ‘SC gets its act together.

  2. Scientizzle says:

    I hate seeing such a rash of injuries on both sides…hopefully everyone, Husky & Trojan, is okay.

  3. Becky says:

    I can’t believe he dropped that. OMG.

  4. Becky says:

    WOOOOOOOO!!! Touchdown!!! WOOOOOOO!!!!

  5. Brendan Loy says:

    WHAT THE F*** IS WRONG WITH THESE REFS??? Is everything USC does a personal foul?!? How the hell is the defender supposed to know — for sure — while moving in real time, at full speed, that the wide receiver dropped the ball? And that it was a dropped pass, not a fumble? And then immediately stop his forward motion so suddenly that he is able to completely reverse his momentum? FOOTBALL IS A CONTACT SPORT!!! Good grief! These refs are horrible! Let the players play the game!

    Note to Brent Musberger: yeah, it looked like a penalty on the slow-motion instant replay, but football is not actually played in slow motion! The players can’t make instant judgments about whether or not to continue tackling in slow motion! And given that your fundamental job as a defensive players is to TACKLE THE OTHER TEAMS’ PLAYERS, shouldn’t the tacklers get a tiny bit of a margin of error??

  6. Brendan Loy says:

    And now a similarly crappy call goes against Washington. LAME.

    Touchdown Trojans!

  7. JC says:

    Yeah, I think they’re a bit aggressive on the late hit calls. However, for that one, I think it was a case of “SC’s done it several times already, so it probably was another late hit” sort of deal. When you get a history of it, it counts against you.

    Oh, and woot, touchdown Trojans!

    They seem to be settling down now.

  8. Brendan Loy says:

    When you get a history of it, it counts against you.

    Except that the “history” has been mostly trumped-up bulls*** as well. Like the play where Jake Locker decided to go for the first down instead of sliding out of bounds three yards early to avoid the tackle — a decision which clearly opens him up to being clobbered, without any “protect the quarterback” nonsense — and then, about 0.1 seconds after he had gotten the first down and finally turned right and stepped out of bounds, he was hit by a USC defender who had jumped toward him to tackle him while he was still in bounds.

    It’s like these refs just don’t understand the concept of momentum at all.

  9. Brendan Loy says:

    In other news,

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  10. jc says:

    Ugh, it’s going to be one of those games. Up and down, up and down…

  11. David K. says:

    These refs are horrible!

    Um, DUH, they are Pac-10 refs :)

  12. David K. says:

    BTW, if USC and Florida both get upset, how insane would that be? LSU is #1 and Cal #2?? Nuts, just nuts.

  13. Brendan Loy says:

    Excellent point about the refs, David. :)

    Yeah, that would be crazy if Cal ends up #2. Another thing I’m thinking about: imagine Florida loses to Auburn tonight, then goes on to run the table, winning the SEC and finishing with one loss. Meanwhile, South Florida wins the Big East with an undefeated record. And USC finishes undefeated as well. The Big Ten, ACC and Big 12 do not produce any undefeated teams. So the debate over who gets to play USC in the BCS title game comes down to 1-loss SEC champion Florida vs. undefeated Big East champion South Florida. Normally, you’d think the defending champ Gators would have a leg up in that debate, despite the loss, because of how everyone loves the SEC, and their loss would be early enough in the season that they’ll climb back up in the polls easily (especially with two wins over LSU). But wait a minute! Who did they lose to? Auburn! And didn’t South Florida play Auburn? Didn’t they win at Auburn! The same team Florida lost to at home?

    That would be a FUN debate. :)

  14. Becky says:

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall in ‘SC’s locker room!

  15. jc says:

    LoL, now they’re tossing flags against SC for the thrill of it…

  16. DUP says:

    “BTW, if USC and Florida both get upset, how insane would that be? LSU is #1 and Cal #2?? Nuts, just nuts.”

    Why would LSU being #1 be nuts?

  17. Brendan Loy says:

    I think it’s the Cal #2 part that David was suggesting would be nuts. :)

  18. jc says:

    Come on, that ball was way over his head and uncatchable.

  19. Brendan Loy says:

    HE “INTERFERED” WITH THE WRONG RECEIVER!!!

    WHAT THE HELL???

  20. Brendan Loy says:

    Two thoughts:

    1) These refs are wretched, even by Pac-10 standards.

    2) Even so, USC is playing a very sloppy game, with lots and lots of penalties. Is this a Paul Hackett team?

  21. Scientizzle says:

    It’s sloppy for USC, for sure. Booty just hasn’t looked “on” this season, even when he was throwing for piles of yards last week. Too many tipped passes, too many overthrown deep routes.

    Hmmmm.

    When will he click?

  22. jc says:

    Too true. Let’s see if he can do something with this turnover.

  23. Ricky Venezuela says:

    The “scales tip towards LSU” for #1.

    Herbstreit said it. Bank it.

  24. jc says:

    Ok, the answer’s no, he can’t do something with the turnover.

    Not too promising here, it’s all on the defense now.

  25. jc says:

    Ah, looks like a drop to me.

  26. jc says:

    Ok, I stand corrected, saved by a drop, so he did get 3 out of that Washington turnover… :)

  27. jc says:

    Whew, the cardiac Trojans strike again. At least it’s over.

  28. Scientizzle says:

    Well, that was sloppy. I’m convinced that Washington’s a top-35 team, but the nation’s toughest schedule and general inexperience will make them a 7 or 8 win team this year.

    USC spotted the Huskies 160 yard in penalties and 3 turnovers, and it almost cost them. It’s perfectly reasonable to rank LSU #1 next week (although, UW is waaaaaay better than Tulane, and an away game at Tulane is probably still more Tigers fans than Waves fans).

    I hope everyone who left on carts tonight (for both teams) have minor injuries, and I hope the Trojans use this ugly win as a springboard for inspired practices that lead to the dominating performances of which we all know they’re capable. Booty, in particular, needs to step up his game.

  29. Scientizzle says:

    Oh, and Jake Locker is a friggin’ monster. In two years, he could be Vince Young-esque.

  30. Wobbly H says:

    The Davie Bowl was a very fun game to watch–even though Locker didn’t complete many passes, he is still fun to watch. I think USC played worse in this game than against UCLA last year.

  31. Sandy Underpants says:

    LSU is definitely not #1. They were trailing freakin Tulane throughout half the game. The only thing I learned watching that game other than Bob Toledo’s whereabouts (not that I was trying to find him) is how over-rated LSU’s defense is. The Tulane Greenies ran all over them.

    USC and the terrible refs did everything they could to keep this game close, but Washington contributed virtualy nothing to the effort. This was the biggest 3 point blow-out I’ve ever seen. And is it just me, or are watching these Booty-led USC games like having teeth pulled? They’re so freakin laborous and plodding and slow and loooooong. We all know USC is going to win, but it hasn’t been fun to watch a USC game (save the Rose Bowl) since SC played Arkansas last year. I thought it was going to take a turn for the exciting at Nebraska, but that was a mis-judgement.

    I can’t wait for next year. Sanchez/Mustain, McKnight, Staffon, and Vidal. What an awesome team that is gonna be.

  32. Becky says:

    Sandy, I gotta agree with you there. I’ve never been particularly enamored of Booty and I think that most USC fans are waiting for him to get in the groove, but I’m not sure that he will. He threw a lot of passes over receivers’ heads yesterday and a couple of those interceptions were just horrible.

    Lemme tell you, though, Jake Locker is the *SHIT*. He’s awesome. On the stregnth of his play alone, UW looks like it will be a legit team for the next few years.

  33. kcatnd says:

    And is it just me, or are watching these Booty-led USC games like having teeth pulled? They’re so freakin laborous and plodding and slow and loooooong.

    I can’t wait for next year. Sanchez/Mustain, McKnight, Staffon, and Vidal. What an awesome team that is gonna be.

    You USC fans are starting to get spoiled! It’s not like you have a crappy team right now. Don’t start taking winning for granted…

    Signed,

    kcatnd

    Notre Dame Fan

  34. Brendan Loy says:

    LOL, kcat. Very true.