The USC Trojans used an outburst of points in both the first and second quarters to roll the California Golden Bears out of their own stadium.
The punt return game was a huge success for USC, as Nelson Agholor returned two for scores in the first half, from 75 and 93 yards. It was the first time since 1965 that a Trojan has taken two back. But that wasn’t all of it, the Trojans blocked another punt and Josh Shaw picked it up and ran it in from 14 yards out.
With those scores and two first half touchdowns from Cody Kessler, the men of Troy were up 41-14 at the half and able to roll the rest of the way.
It’s been a very difficult season for Cal, struggling with an incredibly difficult schedule, a rash of injuries and a new coaching staff. The Golden Bears are now 1-9 (0-7). Before The Big Game against Stanford, a game in which they are sure to get blown out, they catch a break by getting a legitimate shot at a win in Boulder, playing the equally winless Buffs (at least before their game at Washington tonight).
For USC, they go to 7-3 (4-2) and are technically still alive in the Pac-12 South, though they do not hold the tie-breaker against Arizona State after losing to the Devils earlier this season. The Trojans get ready for a huge match-up with white-hot, fifth ranked Stanford (until the Card move up in Sunday’s rankings).
If USC can win the game, they may once again climb into the rankings, something I don’t think anybody thought would happen a few weeks ago. It still may not.