USC Wraps Up Regular Season Against The Fighting Irish
The USC Trojans are the hottest college football team in the nation and have their heart set on winning the PAC-12 Conference. On Saturday, November 19th, the Trojans dismantled what’s left of the UCLA Bruins, 36-14.
The Trojans controlled the tempo the entire night with stars Ronald Jones, his 60-yard dash to the end zone broke the game wide open. Wide Receivers Darreus Rodgers and De’quan Hampton hauled in big receptions while maintaining a 47-13 minute advantage in time of possession. It’s hard to score if you don’t have the football. As the two teams continue their opposite trajectories, if Utah can get the victory next week then USC will play for the PAC -12 Championship on December 2. This was UCLA’s first losing season since 2011.
One arch rival down, one to go when the struggling Notre Dame Fighting Irish visit the Coliseum, in USC’s home finale. Saturday, November 26th.
The Victory Bell rings for USC for the second straight year, as the Trojans racked up more than 500 yards of total offense in the 86th meeting. The Trojans move to 8-3, and will win the PAC-12 South Title if Utah defeats the Colorado Buffaloes next week. After a 1-3 start, the Phoenix like rise from the ashes was due to the change at Quarterback. True Freshman QB Sam Darnold has been the catalyst for the resurgence, and has truly captured the attention of the entire nation.
Sam Darnold threw for 267 yards to go along with two TD passes. Running Back Ronald Jones ran for 118 yards and a TD. Trojans Head Coach Clay Helton improves to 2-0 in the Crosstown Rivalry.
Defensively, the young group has steadied itself after the Alabama debacle and allowed only 17.7 points per contest during the current seven-game winning streak.
This game is customarily on the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day when the game is played in Los Angeles or on the third Saturday of October when the game is played in South Bend. Each school has won 11 national championships and 7 Heisman Trophies and thus the Jeweled Shillelagh rivalry, which began in 1926, is considered one of the most important in college football, and is often called the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. Notre Dame at a record of 4-7, are having one of their worst seasons in school history. Last week they blew a 24-7 lead at home vs. Virginia Tech. While the Men of Troy are currently on the ride of their lives. The game is on ABC 7 at 12;30 p.m.
GO USC, And especially good luck to the Utah Utes, we need some help!
Dolphins Last Minute Rally Defeats The Rams, 14-10
Number one overall pick Jared Goff”s NFL Debut was spoiled, as the Los Angeles Rams blew a 10 point lead to the Miami Dolphins, and lost a heartbreaker 14-10 at the venerable Coliseum.
The Rams grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory, as Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill led the fish on consecutive touchdowns late in the 4th quarter. Culminating in a 9-yard TD pass to DeVante Parker with only 36 seconds remaining in the game.
The Rams fall to 4-6 overall, even worse, they have lost five of their last six games. The weather played in the Dolphins favor; it was a deluge of rain and mud that actually made the game more exciting. Ol’SKOOL football was on full display, pushing for every yard, digging in the trenches, guys having thick sods of turf on their helmet.
And they say L.A. is soft? Please.
Rookie Quarterback Jared Goff completed 17 of 31 passes, with neither a touchdown or interception. Rams Coach, Jeff Fisher, was impressed with his quarterback’s performance. “There was a light there I seen from Goff, so we’ll continue to allow him to get ready, continue to progress,” said Fisher. Goff will start this Sunday, as the Rams travel to the Bayou, to face the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome on Sunday, November 26th.
Running Back Todd Gurley had his best performance of the season, no he didn’t quite reach 100 yards on the day. But he played with a renewed confidence. He finished with 76 rushing yards and a TD.
It will be an intriguing chess match; the ferocious Rams defense going against Drew Brees and the number one ranked offense in the NFL. Both teams have identical records and are desperate for a W.
The game will air on Fox 11 at 10:00 a.m.