• Paul Muad’dib

    Biggie Marshall with his patented falling over for no reason. Great job missing that pick 6.

  • Paul Muad’dib

    Refs getting in the game with that terrible chop block call…

    • Trojan96

      Toa needs to be benched. He is getting beat badly.

      • gotroy22

        Is he regressing?

        • Trojan96

          Toa is just not a LT. His footwork and strength looks sub-pair. We need to move him to guard as a utility player.

  • Michael Guarino

    Okay –it’s early. But our offense has no identity —and that’s on Helton.

    • Trojan96

      Yes. I agree. The kids are soft today. It looks like Western Michigan all over again.

      • Michael Guarino

        Is it possible that Helton doesn’t know how to coach as a front runner? He’s been on his heals in every game except Stanford. The team isn’t playing with a trace of emotion.

  • Trojan96

    And it looks like Tee Martin has failed again. Cal’s defense knows every play. Unprepared!!!! What a joke.

    • Michael Guarino

      Cal knows ALL our weak links (and Helton didn’t see it coming?)

      • gotroy22

        That 11 Wonderlic of Tee’s is coming back to haunt us.

        • Michael Guarino

          He’s been acting like he KNOWS he’s over his head for the last 3 weeks (and don’t think he isn’t conveying that to the team). What’s up? I thought he got it together last year.

          • gotroy22

            Me too. I thought we would blow Cal out by halftime.

          • Michael Guarino

            The team seems demoralized. But why? What’s up? Cal is missing their best runner and their best receiver. They shouldn’t be even in this game.
            If Helton and company can’t get the team jacked up for the second half (and if Clancy can’t remind his corners it’s best not to let receivers get behind them on every play), we’re flirting with a ridiculous result.

          • gotroy22

            I thought they would be psyched after the great Texas finish. They acted like they lost last week the way they sleep walked through the first half.

  • Sas

    Once again….When is Chris Hawkins gonna start playing like he deserves to be out there.
    And Tell just got punked on that 4th down. The DLine can’t get going and the guys behind them are struggling to even make a tackle.

  • Sas

    Houston should’ve made that stop.

    • Trojan96

      I saw that. Clancy is starting to use outside pressures and adjusting. Let’s see if Tee and Helton can do the same on offense. We need to score and go into the half with the lead.

      • Sas

        We’re looking better right now. We just have make stops.

        • 88 Straight

          Both teams should be running the ball more

          • Sas

            Yep…
            Toa Lobendahn isn’t a LT and it’s showing. Run and pass blocking by him hasn’t been good. But we throw the ball three times in a row after they stop us for now gain. We can’t abandon the run that quick especially inside the 30. Tee Martin needs to call a better game.

          • Laker Rod

            Hey you. So what did you think about Josh Rosen running the ball. He got 2 big 3rd down conversions keeping the ball on the zone read option. I told you these types of plays are necessary in order for UCLA to keep the chains moving.

            Remember last year how you used to claim Rosen doesn’t need to run the ball and that UCLA was switching to a more power offense so they can run the ball this way. LOL!! 100% fail.

            Rosen is still not all the way there though. UCLA would have been much better off if Rosen was a redshirt sophomore and was a built 6’4 225 or 230 instead of his still lanky 6’4 218 frame.

            Rosen doesn’t even seem conditioned properly. Those runs seems to take a lot out of him and of course he failed to convert on that final drive against Memphis.

      • Sas

        I spoke too soon.
        Interception.
        That was another chance Darnold decided to take and they’ve been hurtin us lately.

  • Sas

    Alright!!!!
    Play defense and score again!!!!

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Ladies and gentlemen: The USC Defense.

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      That didn’t last long.

  • Trojan96

    Toa sucks!!!! Get him out of there.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    UGH! USC radio announcers talking WNBA during this game! STOP!

    It’s bad enough the women’s sports halftimes update with that crappy lead-in noise they call music.

  • Trojan96

    What the hell???? Run the football. Cal has this game plan pegged. Why does SC continue to force the play action pass? Ugh. Another turnover.

    • Sas

      Thank You!!!!
      RUN THE BALL!!!

    • Paul Muad’dib

      USC has this uncanny ability to run the exact offense that they shouldn’t every game. It’s actually impressive how they love to shoot themselves in the foot multiple times every game. No other team can pull that off and win.

      • Michael Guarino

        Wow. You SO nailed it.
        #ReverseCoaching

        • gotroy22

          Do the opposite?

          • Michael Guarino

            Ha! Sam needs to stop looking to the sidelines for plays.
            #PlayOnIntuition,Sam!

          • Paul Muad’dib

            Thats too easy

          • gotroy22

            It worked for George Costanza.

    • Pete Smith

      we tried between the tackles and it was not good

  • Michael Guarino

    I hope Darnold stays at USC next year. It’ll be great for us —and there is no way he’s ready for the NFL yet.

    • Trojan96

      It looks like he’s staying. His draft stock will drop for sure.

      • gotroy22

        Not after he pulls out another win.

        • Michael Guarino

          He got the win —but he doesn’t look ready for Sundays yet. He’ll be great after another season allows him time to polish up some stuff (he needs to develop SOME kind of long ball to play with the big boys).

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Tyler Petite 3 39 13.0
    1 16

    Stephen Carr 3
    39 13.0
    0 15

    Tyler Vaughns 2
    26 13.0
    0 14

    Deontay Burnett 3 22 7.3
    0 11

    Jalen Greene 2
    12 6.0
    0 8

    Erik Krommenhoek 1 7 7.0
    0 7

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Stephen Carr 4 Catches for 45

    Tyler Petite 3 Catches for 39

    Tyler Vaughns 3 Catches for 32

    Deontay Burnett 3 Catches for 22

    Jalen Greene 2 Catches for 12

    Erik Krommenhoek 1 Catch for 7

  • Trojan96

    Our secondary is horrible. They are about to give up another six. Can somebody teach them man coverage???

    • Pete Smith

      They never no where the ball is when its in the air.They can not run with a receiver and match the speed and know where the ball is. They always give to big of a cushion.

  • Michael Guarino

    Cal is holding on every play. It’s their game plan. It’s impossible to miss. But refs don’t “see” it.

    • Trojan96

      It’s PAC-12. They won’t call it. Especially for SC.

      • gotroy22

        Larry Scott’s background is in team tennis. He wants scoring, not rules….

        • hoohoolianFUCLA

          Larry Scott believes that making the PAC12 strong means hurting USC.

          • gotroy22

            He wants parity which means no playoff team. The Pac 10 had parity in the mid to late 90s.

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      Larry Scott has issued the mandate.

    • gotroy22

      You knew that would happen in Strawberry Canyon.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Here’s good news:
    Toledo 16
    Miamiscum 10

    Halftime

    • gotroy22

      Holy Toledo!

  • Michael Guarino

    Watching Arizona and Utah play uninspired football for 60 minutes was really hard. This feels the same way.

    • gotroy22

      I was encouraged that SC would kill boith of those sad sacks. But now we are playing just like them today.

      • Michael Guarino

        USC is not a playoff team and Darnold is not a Heisman winner —but we are a darn good team with a darn good quarterback! No way we should be in a tie with a bottom feeder like Cal at half time. Did the boys party last night? They look asleep.

        • 88 Straight

          Give the Cal coaches some credit. They inherited a mess and are playing better than their talent level. Less talent than UCLA and playing far better.

          • gotroy22

            I thought they would be a bottom feeder in rebuilding mold this year.

          • 88 Straight

            So did everyone. Coaching matters.

          • gotroy22

            We sure saw that with Harbaugh at Stanford.

          • 88 Straight

            You guys will win. Cal has blown too many scoring opportunities to win.

          • gotroy22

            You are right, Cal reverted to the Cal that always blows it.

          • Michael Guarino

            Cal’s coaches aren’t the reason we’re playing the way we’re playing….

          • steveg

            Cal is playing beyond their ability. Why is that?

          • Michael Guarino

            The Cal coaches are first rate —but they aren’t the reason why we played the first 3 quarters the way we played them….

          • 88 Straight

            Yes, but the game turned when Cal missed a FG and then decided not to punt and pin you back. Cal’s coaching had them in the game and playing hard.

          • steveg

            Yes, they could be. They have their team playing the biggest game of the year.

      • USC Heisman 7

        No swag nor mojo.. Still plenty of game ..

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    At least we have had some nice distribution in the passing game.

    • Trojan96

      Sam doesn’t have a choice. #80 is covered. Cal is doing a great job of taking him out of the game plan.

      • Michael Guarino

        You’re right —and that points to a huge coaching screw up. Can we possibly be SO one dimensional that we can’t play if #80 is covered? Crap! Shades of Sark!

        • steveg

          Seems to be getting it around to others. Running backs and tight ends getting passes which is something a lot of people were bitching about.

          • Michael Guarino

            Only certain players are playing to their potential. But we should be able to beat most teams with Sam, Burnett, Mitchell, Petite, Carr and Rojo.
            #IsThatEnoughForThePlayoffs,Though?

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Beauty: Purdue leads Michiscum: 10-7

    • Sas

      Yesterday on Colleg Football Live Pollack and Howard said Michigan would work out they’re offensive struggles against Purdue

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        Can O’korn

        • Sas

          That’s what they think.

    • gotroy22

      You can never count on Purdon’t.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Iman has 3 blunders, but no penalties…YET.

    We only have 2 penalties as a team!

    • Trojan96

      If our secondary coach could actually teach one on one coverage technique we would actually stop these 3rd and long situations.

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        Just teach them to keep their feet…

    • gotroy22

      That is tremendous improvement!

  • steveg

    Everyone want to fire the coaches already?

    • USC Heisman 7

      The mojo and swag after week four of last year is missing..

      • steveg

        Is that all coaching?

        • USC Heisman 7

          Players and coaches need to be on the same page.. Someone anyone needs to call them out in the media.. Hey you guys we are not worthy of a 10 ten spot.. Lets play hard and win .. We are not doing our jobs..

          • gotroy22

            But everyone was bagging on the Blogger for saying that very thing this week.

          • USC Heisman 7

            He’s a blogger..Anyone within the team.. Captains leaders.. Swann not the blogger.

          • gotroy22

            Do you think Swann pulled a Mike Garrett and blasted the team for no effort at halftime?

          • USC Heisman 7

            Someone at USC alum…Needs to put a foot in their rears..

          • steveg

            If you remember, this time last year they had a meeting. Perhaps another one is in order.

    • Trojan96

      Just the secondary coach.

      • steveg

        And the HC and OC.

      • Sas

        Haaaaa!
        My buddy just said that about an hour ago. Our secondary has the most talent in the Pac12 but we don’t look like it

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    More IFFY Kick coverage

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Zion Echols wanted to play for USC

    • gotroy22

      Who goofed?

    • Paul Muad’dib

      If only USC had 200 scholarships a year, they could accept all the players that wanted to go there.

  • Trojan96

    See they just gave up another 1st down. This secondary coverage is horrible.

    • Trojan96

      No coverage. Cal just needs to pass the ball for the rest of the game.

  • Paul Muad’dib

    Is is just me or does it seem like every team knows to go for it on 4th down against USC because they know USC will put in their dime package to stop the run?

    • Sas

      No DLINE

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    More of a FAIL by Cal than success by us on that first drive of the 3Q

    • Trojan96

      Very True!

  • Sas

    Respect to Matt Lopes…
    But it’s a joke that all our 4star and 5star guys are behind him.

  • Trojan96

    OMG! The Leftside O-Line is pathetic. How does Tee and Helton not see this???

    • Sas

      They didn’t get any kind of push. SOFT !

    • Paul Muad’dib

      This is embarrassing…

  • so cal

    Still can’t pick up a 4th down. So frustrating!

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      Should have had it on 3rd…

      • so cal

        You’re right about that one.

  • steveg

    4th down and two it is a good idea to go with what has worked, and running straight ahead has not worked at all.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    No respect for our D

    • Sas

      None.
      Western Michigan, Texas and Cal all didn’t even blink when think about it. Nope.

      • gotroy22

        Game over! SC wins again!

        • Sas

          I hope so. Our O-line isn’t playing well and we can’t run the ball to kill the clock

  • so cal

    Good job D! Finally stopped them on 4th down.

    • gotroy22

      Now they will respect our D.

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        doubt it

  • Fred Sampson

    How about lining up under center, every now and then on those 4th and 1 plays, because Sam Darnold is 6″3 225 … OMG

    • gotroy22

      Remember how Leinart could aways sneak the ball for 2 years?

    • Trojan96

      Fred I agree. But our O-Line cannot get any push off the ball.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Good play call to end the 3Q

  • Trojan96

    Predictability is Tee’s weakness.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Forget the Heisman

    • gotroy22

      Still too early, we crush ND and Darnold has it.

  • Michael Guarino

    16-13 isn’t enough. Hope Clay knows it and plays aggressively.

    • Paul Muad’dib

      My guess is they just run the ball up the middle on 1st and 2nd. Then try to pass on 3rd in long but the oline won’t block.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Finally a decent Kick cover

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    WOW UCHENNA

    • so cal

      Great profile pic by the way.

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        Thanks. Took me hours (to find a toilet sitter in Baby blue)

        • so cal

          Lol!!

    • gotroy22

      MICH just took the lead over Purdon’t.

    • gotroy22

      Play of the game.

  • gotroy22

    Now that’s the Cal we all know and love, choking the game away.

  • Old Trojans never die

    Got lucky and insanity paid off for Helton

  • Michael Guarino

    ABC su*ks —and these announcers fit right in…..

    • Paul Muad’dib

      Yup. Pretty much all the TV announcers su*k. They all are anti-USC. I miss Keith Jackson…

      • gotroy22

        Keith appreciated SC even though he was a Coug.

        • Paul Muad’dib

          Even Dan Fouts gave USC an unbiased call.

      • Michael Guarino

        Keith could do a better job at age 80 than these two pro Cal clowns…..

        • gotroy22

          I noticed that the network announcers now want a close game for ratings so they root for whoever the underdog is, creating a narrative about the poorer team, hoping they will overcome adversity and pull off the upset.

          • Michael Guarino

            Now that I think about it, that’s exactly the drill……good call!

  • Trojan96

    4th offside call on the kickoff team this season.

    • gotroy22

      Cal’s game plan demanded perfection to stay with us and they blew it in quick sucession.

    • Paul Muad’dib

      Again, USC loves to shoot their own feet.

      • gotroy22

        Against mediocre Pac 12 competition SC can get away with sloppy play like that.

  • USC Heisman 7

    GAME OVER!!!!

    • gotroy22

      Cheapskate hill will head for the BART!

      • USC Heisman 7

        Lol

    • Sas

      Knock on wood!

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Hmph!
    (IF) We cover and there will still be people here who say we have no right to say: “USC played like crap!”

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Nice jump pass

    • Trojan96

      That’s the same play Kiffen used with Robert Woods.

  • Trojan96

    Finally. Game Over. At least Defense can step up when needed.

    • USC Heisman 7

      Game over with us pushing 2 more scores ..

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      Uncharacteristically early.
      Kick return for TD and Onside kick lost, coming???

  • so cal

    Great job D! Glad to see #14 intercept that ball and not bat it down like one of the great Ting brothers.

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      The Ting-Ting-Bing secondary!

  • Paul Muad’dib

    If USC is manages not to throw up on themselves, then I think we got this in the bag. So much coaching up needed with both sides of the ball. Secondary is scary how bad the coverage is.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Helton Burning Sam’s TOs again.

    • gotroy22

      Purdon’t is playing like Cal now. Bad teams can’t sustain a full four quarters against a superior team.

    • USC jojo

      He don’t need no stinking timeouts!
      That is something I could never understand. Why burn TOs?

    • Paul Muad’dib

      Hi-O!

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Like us, the other upsets are turning around…Michiscum just went up 14-10, Clemson opening it up and the wheels are off in Miami

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    This is like the 2015 game: we have the talent and get lots of turnovers, yet we play so badly otherwise, the game is closer than it should be.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Even Budrovich is mediocre, today

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Still time to get 6 more penalties for our 10…

  • Trojan96

    Please get Carr out of the game.

  • so cal

    Any RUINS vs Cardinal predictions? Hopefully Mora can keep the losing streak going.

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      Stanford 45-35
      Love runs for over 250

    • USC Heisman 7

      30-10 FURD

    • UCLA Dynasty

      Bruins roll 46 – 25.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    There’s another stupid penalty!

    • Trojan96

      How many is that now? 5?

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    PUSH OFF!!!

    • Trojan96

      Yes. That was a push off.

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        Just another way to hurt USC by killing the betters. and hurting our stats.

  • Michael Guarino

    I don’t see how this group of defensive backs stops Luke Falk.

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      Others will rave about 4 INTs, but I agree with you.

      • Michael Guarino

        Yeah, it’s one thing to do that against Cal —-another against Washington State. Hope we have Porter Gustin back to rush the crap out of Falk next Friday —or we’re in big, big trouble.

    • so cal

      Falk slinging the ball and Coach Leach making the calls could be a lethal combination for our D. Hope not, but a little worried.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    New QB??

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      Another blown chance to get the back up SOMETHING…

  • UCLA Dynasty

    For those of us that had Cal +16.5, that backdoor cover on an uncalled offensive pass interference was money. Anyone got the name of that ref? I want to break him off a slice of my winnings and send him a hundo.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Sam has yet to have a Heisman day.
    He’s gonna need to ring up 400 yards a game, throw no more INTs for the rest of the season AND make the playoffs to win it.

    • Michael Guarino

      I hope there’s no more Heisman talk for Sam. It would be better for him and better for the team. He looked way better down the stretch last year than he’s looked this year. He needs to relax and trust his instincts —he’s playing tight (you can see it on his face in close ups).

    • steveg

      Why not focus on the team, the Heisman will take care of itself. Sam has all this crap being laid on him about Heisman, NFL draft, and really all he should have to worry about is next weeks game. The rest will fall in line as it needs to.

      This USC team has talent, it knows how to win, but has not reached that championship caliber, yet.

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        It’s all part of the game and team we love.

      • Michael Guarino

        Exactly right on all counts, steveg.

  • gotroy22

    Cougs blowing out Nevada.

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      Well, they don’t make every game a future ulcer, like we do…

    • Michael Guarino

      Yeah, it’s like a fricking bye for them. What a joke.

      • gotroy22

        That should minimize injuries to their starters. That as quite a struggle for us until the 4th quarter. Did we suffer any major injuries?

        • hoohoolianFUCLA

          Fatu and Raheem got dinged a bit, but I don’t think they are out for next week.

          • Michael Guarino

            The injury to Fatu was so cheap —-hope that player gets some notice from the PAC 12 for that play.

          • hoohoolianFUCLA

            Hope the Ref get some notice from the PAC12, but Larry Scott will probably give then a bottle of Pappy.

        • Michael Guarino

          I sure hope Burnett is okay. He was limping a tiny bit after he tried to hurdle that safety to get into the end zone.

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        As this should have been for us…What a joke!

        • Michael Guarino

          True.

  • rusoviet

    All things come to those who wait……

    USC 30 Cal 20! 13th straight win!

    WA St. this Friday 29th Sept. @ Pullman

    Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!

    • USC Heisman 7

      14 straight

      • rusoviet

        You’re wrong amigo it’s 13….9 straight last year after the loss to UT and 4 so far, this year

        • USC Heisman 7

          1-3 start… 9 wins and the Rose Bowl is 10.. Plus 4-0

          • so cal

            SC won 10 games total last year. 1-3 start, then 9 in a row including the Rose Bowl plus 4-0 to start this year ends up being 13 straight.

          • rusoviet

            You’re wrong – the streak began after the UT loss:

            AZ St., CO, AZ, Cal, OR, WA, bel-air tech, ‘the princess’ and PA St. (Rose Bowl)

            2017 – Western MI, stanford, TX and Cal

            total 13

        • USC Heisman 7

          Did we win 10 ?

          • rusoviet

            Read what I posted and what so cal posted amigo – we won 9 in a row (which includes the PA St. victory in the Rose Bowl) after the UT loss and 4 this year

          • USC Heisman 7

            I did. I was confused…lol..I counted someone twice.

  • rusoviet

    That Nissan Heisman ad just ran on ABC is funny – watch the ‘flying’ ‘SC’ cake a risin’!

  • steveg

    The final 3 USC possessions could have been a time for Fink to get in a game. Especially with the pathetic play calling being sent in. Tee needs a lot of help on his play selection.

  • Pete Smith

    Not impressed with the O line very soft. It looks like they run to spots when playing and the D reacts to the play and blows by them. The play of the DBs was weak also, yes we got some interception, but those where gimmies from a bad throws. We spend to much time trying to rip the ball out and do not make the tackle. We need to teach some more (how) to pass rush. Very happy to get the Win but we are not ready for prime time yet. FIGHT ON