Here’s a couple thoughts: Turnovers, tipped passes, special teams, playcalling, undisciplined, an opponent without its best tailback. A lot of problems throughout the season came home to roost today.
“How do you go a month without getting a turnover?” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “That’s what it feels like.”
There’s fog everywhere in Corvallis, but it’s should just be overcast for the game. The sun is actually breaking through a bit before kickoff. It must be a big game because USC brought an 11-piece band.
USC won the toss for the seventh straight game this season.
Marlin McKeever, a 2-time All-American end at USC who then played 13 years in the NFL, died on Friday (Oct. 27) in Long Beach after suffering a head injury in a fall at his home. He was 66. Information for memorial services is pending.
USC’s last Pacific-10 Conference loss was at Cal, 34-31, in three overtimes in 2003. Since then after a bye, the Trojans beat Arizona, 45-0 (2003), Oregon State, 52-28 (2003), Colorado State, 49-0 (2004), Cal, 23-17 (2004), Notre Dame, 41-10 (2004), Arkansas, 70-17 (2005), UCLA, 66-19 (2005), and Nebraska, 28-10 (2006).
Although Marlin McKeever was a two-time All-American at USC and enjoyed a successful NFL career, notably with the Rams, there was an injustice when he was not inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
His twin brother, Mike, got in and Marlin was told that two players from the same school couldn’t get in in the same year and he would get in the next year. That never happened and Marlin was severely disappointed.
“Its just a tragic situation, said USC coach Pete Carroll, who left the campus Thursday and went to the hospital where the former Trojans’ All-American is in a coma. “Im just shocked by what happened. He was fit and working out a day ago. Hes in a coma and it doesnt look like hes coming out of it.
“Well sorely miss him.
USC linebacker Luthur Brown was cleared to play against Oregon State just four weeks after badly tearing his hamstring.
“The doctors said I shouldnt even be walking right now, Brown said Thursday.
Brown is available to play special teams against the Beavers and said he wants to play.[EP
“I just hope they put me in, he said.
He was expected to be out six-to-eight weeks when he pulled his hamstring against Arizona on Sept. 23. Brown needed crutches to walk and could not bend his leg properly for a few days.
USC coach Pete Carroll noted tonight after practice that the Trojans ran the ball 215 times and passed 212 in the first six games.
“That’s pretty good balance, I think,” Carroll said. “How about that?”
Naturally, we couldn’t resist a joke, but I’m sure many of you will fill in your own punchlines.