THE SET UP:
Oregon State came into the USC game at 4-3 and although the Beavs had won their past two games, the 2-3 start to open the season had more than a few calling for Mike Riley's job.
Indeed, it was just a few weeks prior to the USC game when Al Reser had called the current direction of the football program "unacceptable" and signs had begun showing up in the Reser Stadium stands saying Riley needed to go.
USC came into the game No. 3 in the nation and riding a 27-game Pac-10 winning streak. They were favored by 15 points and were coming off a bye week, a situation that had seen them produce eight straight wins. Oregon State was banged up, and one of their best offensive weapons, Yvenson Bernard, would miss the game.
But the Beavers bolted to a 33-10 third-quarter lead and then held on as 42,871 went crazy on a sun splashed late October afternoon.
We'd select a different music mix for the accompanying clip, but there's no arguing with the visuals.
The groundwork had been laid with narrow wins the previous two weeks against Washington and Arizona, but it was the USC victory that was the catalyst for what unfolded that year, helping catapult OSU to a 10-4 season, a thrilling bowl game victory and a Top 25 finish.