USC 52 OSU 28
By G. Montgomery
Los Angeles - The USC Trojan football team entered Saturdays game against the Oregon State Beavers with only one goal. Win the game, beat Oregon and everything else would fall into place.
The Trojans easily accomplished their mission, pounding OSU with a fierce barrage of offensive football sure to dazzle any marginally knowledgeable computer.
With the exception of a few minor breakdowns, the Trojans performance was practically flawless.
USC pushed the Oregon State defense all over the field; to the delight of 73,864 giddy Trojan fans each thinking the Trojans had exceeded expectations and secured a birth in the national championship game.
Fans were showering the team and each other with sugar and flashing Sugar Bowl posters and signs
"These guys were everything we thought they would be," said Oregon State tailback and former Diamond Bar star running back Dwight Wright. "Their offense was no joke, they had everything (imaginable) coming at you".
Actually Oregon State was able to score first and put a slight scare into the Trojan faithful.
That slight scare may have backfired. USC went on an offensive burst scoring three unanswered touchdowns and adding a fourth TD after Oregon scored on a 31yard -interception return.
At half-time USC had seized the lead at 28-14. Three of the first half four touchdowns were scored by a freshman or sophomore.
Mike Williams 9-yard one-handed touchdown grab was the most electrifying play of the day. On a slant route, with a defender draped all over him, Williams reached out with his left hand and snared a dart from Matt Lienert that pretty much highlighted what was to come.
"Mike seized the moment, thats one of the great catches of all time. I dont have enough words for it, said Pete Carroll about Williams one-handed catch.
Williams also provided a bone-crushing block on a Reggie Bush reverse that sent the crowd into a collective ah. The play was replayed several times on the jumbo screen, each time drawing huge crowd reaction. "It wasnt much, it was a bigger guy hitting a smaller guy, who didnt see me coming," said Williams about his block.
USCs snub by the BCS was met with both a surprise and a shock. But, the BCS has merely restored the traditional Rose Bowl rivalry game that Southern California fans love.
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