Do you remember how you felt when Matt Barkley heaved a long pass to Marqise Lee, who caught it and then took it to the house? Or how about when, somehow, USC opened up an 18-point lead on the Ducks–in Autzen, no less–in front of a sea of green and yellow as well as Phil Knight and his Nike All-Stars?
What about when, in spite of shutting USC out completely in the fourth quarter and making a resurgence of their own, Oregon’s kicker shanked the game-tying 37-yard field goal, giving USC the “upset” win?
If you do remember, you know this was one of Lane Kiffin’s finest moments. If you don’t, well, you just haven’t lived.
But you’re in luck!
Today, at 1 p.m. PT, ESPNU continues with its Top 25 Games of 2001, and USC vs. Oregon checks in at No. 5. Other games included in the countdown have been Baylor vs. Oklahoma, Oregon vs. Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, and Stanford vs. Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.
After that, if you still haven’t had enough of watching the Trojans at their finest, stay tuned to USC vs. Stanford at 6:30 PT. The Trojans did not win, but this triple-overtime thriller will surely be a classic, as we saw Matt Barkley and Andrew Luck face-off in a battle for the ages. The Coliseum was electric with passion and excitement spewing from both sides. When Nickell Robey picked off Luck? I, like everyone else in cardinal and gold, lost my mind! It was then that we knew this USC team would be the truth come 2012.
So be sure to tune into ESPNU starting at 1 p.m. PT to revisit these moments.