To hear Cal senior Chris Borrayo tell it, USC's 62-28 romp over Cal in 2013 hurt more than the Bears' record. It hurt their feelings.
"Ever since then, the goal, every week when we play USC, is to make sure to beat the crap out of them, or die trying," Borrayo said. "It was a pretty nasty game, my freshman year, and those guys, I don't know if you guys understand anything about USC, but class is not in their name . . . It's just something important to me, and something that's very important to our team . . . I want to beat the crap out of USC."
So what did you guys do to them, what do you remember, we asked USC seniors who played in that game.
"I remember scoring 21 points on special teams," Quinton Powell said Monday, which made it easy for USC's freshmen to play major minutes. "I remember me and Mike [Hutchings] playing a lot."
"I just remember we had a complete effort that game," Hutchings said, "a lot of explosive plays."
But no classless actions? No insults? No trash talking? "I was too tired," Powell said as Hutchings nodded his head in agreement.
"Naw," said Leon McQuay, another freshman in the game. "I don't remember anything other than that I was actually playing. That's all I was paying attention to."
"That's a long time ago," said defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast of that day going against his old Cal team. "I do remember we had a big day on special teams [two Nelson Agholor punt return touchdowns and a Soma Vainuku blocked punt return for a third]. "And I remember all those young guys like Leon and Quinton got to play."
"That didn't happen," Chris Hawkins said of any classless USC behavior after making all the trips as a freshman while redshirting. "We don't say anything . . . we're very classy, very respectful."
Much the way Helton admitted he paid a great deal of attention last weekend to the scores of the teams in the Pac-12 South ahead of USC -- Utah and Colorado -- so did his players. "A lot," Powell said. "Closely," said Hutchins as the USC players had reported back from their two days off. But after getting no wins for the teams playing those two, Powell said they should probably just take care of their own business and win out. "We took some L's, and yeah, we should win out." . . . USC DC Pendergast said he didn't get to see film on Jared Goff but he has "gotten to see every game [Cal's Davis Webb] has played this year and I've seen a lot of NFL quarterbacks and he's got an NFL skill set and a big-time arm" . . . Asked what he'll do to stop Webb, Clancy said "you'll see Thursday . . . you have to eliminate the big play he makes all the plays." . . . Justin Davis was out for the second day out of his boot but also out of pads and is pretty much out for Thursday night's game with the hope he'll be back for Oregon Saturday a week . . . four players held out in the past week were all back Monday: Jordan Simmons (knee tendinitis), Leon McQuay (groin), Boodah Tucker (knee) and Ajene Harris all practiced and should play Thursday . . . Jonathan Lockett did get his bell rung a bit in practice and was being tended to on the sidelines by the trainers . . . Clayton Johnston was in a boot and out of pads for practice . . . For more play-by-play for today's practice, go to MONDAY CAL WEEK GHOST NOTES.
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