Sunday, December 05, 2004

AAAARGH! Kudos to the Trojans


es, we lost. The game was close, but we lost. We played tough against the number one tema in the nation, but we lost. That is the bottom line, no matter how you look at it. We lost. Except for two spectacular runs by Reggie Bush, SC didn't score a touchdown. Matt Leinhart did not throw a touchdown for the first time in his starting career at SC. The officiating was a joke. On Bush's second "spectacular" TD run, UCLA linbacker Spencer Havner was obvioualy held by the collar by SC wide receiver Stephen Smith. But the official didn't call it. At the end of the half, Justin London obviously stripped the ball from Bush, and Havner picks up the ball and could have ran it back for a TD. But the official whistled it dead AFTER Havner picked it up and ran for ten yards, claiming that Bush's forward progress was stopped. Stopped? A guy who breaks tackle after tackle is judged to be stopped by one defender after a split second? Totally bogus call. Instead of a 17-17 halftime score, it's 20-10, a ten point swing. The margin at the end of the game? 5 points, SC beats us 29-24.

Were we robbed? Well, on that play we were. But still, bad officiating is part of the game, and we have to be a team that overcomes calls like that. So my hat's off to the Trojans. You won... just barely, but you did win, and that's the name of the game. Now go to the Orange Bowl and play for the National Title. Play hard, but I will be rooting for Oklahoma to kick your butts.

Well, what did you expect me to say?

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