The Trojans rumbled to a 24-17 win over the California Golden Bears in the pouring rain behind the power running of senior tailback Chauncey Washington. The fifth-year senior broke tackle after tackle on his way to a career-high 220 rushing yards.
"You could just tell he was on fire and there was no way we should take the ball out of his hands," said Pete Carroll. "So we just rode him and he was up to the task from start to finish. He ran hard all night long dragging tacklers and moving piles."
Washington was really a work horse for the Trojans carrying the ball 29 times for 220 yards and a touchdown.
His 220 yards are the most by a Trojan since Reggie Bush's 260 vs. UCLA in 2005
"It was amazing just sitting back and just watching that guy do his thing," said fellow running back Stafon Johnson.
Thomas Interception Seals the Win
Thomas intercepted a Nate Longshore pass with 2:47 left in the game. "I funneled DeSean (Jackson) inside. He ran a wheel route and they kind of threw it short," said Thomas. "I was able to make a play on it and it feels real good."
"You can't find a bigger play in the game on defense than the one Terrell Thomas makes there," said Pete Carroll. "It's fitting because he's been such a great player for us and done so many great things and for him to get that chance to come through is awesome."
The Golden Bears had some success in the passing game finishing with 199 passing yards but the Trojans defense came up big when they had to.
"I think we made our plays. We got two interceptions and made some plays on the ball. We had a good day out there," Terrell Thomas said.
One of the major themes of the USC program is to "finish". Pete Carroll has stressed the importance of finishing ever drill, play, game, and season with a purpose and the Trojans are looking to put together a strong finish to the 2007 season.
To finish strong you must dominate the month of November and no coach has owned November quite like USC's Pete Carroll.
With Saturday's 24-17 win of California, Carroll now improves his mark to an amazing 22-0 in November.
"We work to finish that's why we don't lose in November. It's all about finishing," said Terrell Thomas.
Smelling Roses ?
After the Trojans 24-17 loss to Oregon most Trojan fans were dreading the thought of spending the holidays in El Paso. Fast forward just two short weeks and the Trojans could be smelling roses in January.
If the Trojans win-out and the Oregon Ducks make it to the BCS national championship game then the Trojans could very well end up playing in the Rose Bowl.
Trojan fans would be very happy with a Rose Bowl appearance after the Trojans early struggles in 2007.
The Trojans are off next Saturday but will travel to Tempe, Arizona on Thanksgiving Day(Nov.22nd) to take on the 9th ranked Arizona State Sun Devils.