USC Walks Over UCLA 24-7 in the Los Angeles Coliseum
In what has become a Pete Carroll trademark, the USC Trojans finish the year off strong with a convincing win over the UCLA Bruins to secure its 6th straight Pac-10 Championship and BCS Bowl berth.
In each of the last six years, the Trojans have ended the season in convincing fashion, showing the NCAA it's not how you start a season, but how you end it that really counts.
For Trojan fans, Pete Carroll's incredible six-year run should be savored through eternity. There has never been quite a run like this in USC's storied history. It is highly unlikely that there will be any like this again. Ever.
While USC did not play a perfect game, it dominated the first half and only gave up a last second touchdown to the Bruins. UCLA did not score the rest of the game.
All indications point to USC playing Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, but as unpredictable as this season has been, and the BCS selection committee's propensity to pair unseeming teams in the BCS Championship Series, anything may happen.
John David Booty was efficient and led USC to a convincing win. Booty was 21/36 for 206 yards and a touchdown. The Trojans out gained the Bruins 437-168 yards. On the ground, USC gained 173 yards, led by freshman Joe McKnight who netted 92 yards on 12 carries.
The defense was stellar as usual, holding the Bruins to 24 net yards on the ground and 141 passing yards. USC's front four pressured UCLA quarterbacks Pat Cowan and Ben Olson to ineffective games. UCLA had 3 fumbles to USC's one and Cowan threw an interception.
Overview of the Trojan 2007 Season
Although the Trojans had aspirations of winning another national title and a Heisman Trophy, the season ended surprisingly 10-2. Some fans may be disappointed in this but if one would step back and look at the year objectively, the Trojans did well for themselves.
One of their losses came at the hands of an Oregon team that was in line to vie for the championship before Dennis Dixon's unfortunate injury that ended his season. Likewise, USC's loss to lowly Stanford was a hiccup that could have been avoided, had the injured Booty been removed for the second half or if coaches would have played the game a little differently.
The Trojans have been just that close to the BCS Championship for both the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
The post season looms large for these Trojans, the worst case scenario will be another appearance in the Rose Bowl against Big-10 foe, OSU Buckeyes, a meeting long awaited for traditional Pac-10, Big-10 enthusiasts.
As we write this article, Missouri is losing to Oklahoma and West Virginia has lost to Pittsburg, their hopes for the BCS Championship game deteriorating. Stranger things have happened. This season. The BCS pairings Sunday morning will be interesting indeed.