“It’s a weird moment but when the start of fourth quarter happened at Notre Dame and I looked up and it’s 31-24 and we were in lead and we had come back from being down 24-10, I said right there we’ve got something special. I really felt we could make a run.
“We put ourselves in a position to be a Pac-12 South champion.”
USC safety Chris Hawkins said today he and UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton worked this summer at a Southern California real-estate company. So did the pair become friends?
“No. No. I’m not friends,” Hawkins said. “We just, `What’s up?’ I don’t really like UCLA. I’m sure they don’t like us.”
Hawkins said USC linebacker Su’a Cravens also worked at the company, which was through a summer business course.
“He knew who we were and we knew who he was,” Hawkins said.
The USC secondary is coming off a poor showing against Oregon. But here’s the truth: I’ve heard complaints for two seasons about the defense/secondary/coaching. So I asked a Pac-12 coach who faced USC this season for his opinion: “(Adoree Jackson) has a lot of ability but it doesn’t look like he’s been taught a lot of technique. (Iman Marshall) doesn’t seem to run well. Either he doesn’t know where to run or where his help is. He looks like a big-time safety.”