The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets beat the USC Trojans 21-7 in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, handing the Trojans their 6th loss in a season for the first time since 2001.
It was a season full of could have beens and should have beens for USC and now finally, mercifully, it is over. In August, Trojan fans could not wait for the season to begin and now four long months later, they wanted nothing more than for it to end. In their first bowl appearance since the 2009 season, the Trojans underachieved just as the had done all season, with uninspiring play-calling and a lifeless offense.
The Trojans ended the game with just 11 first downs in what was one of their worst performances to date. Max Wittek, in his second ever start, showed his inexperience and lack of poise by throwing bad passes and staring down his receivers all game. He finished the night 14 of 37 for 107 yards, one touchdown and three picks.
For Georgia Tech, they did everything right to capitalize on USC’s struggles. They effectively ran the ball right through USC’s secondary, and the Trojans did nothing to stop it. The only group that played well was the defensive line, which got sufficient pressure on Yellow Jackets QB Vad Lee and forced two fumbles. But Max Wittek’s inability to keep the offense on the field ultimately was the demise of USC.
The Yellow Jackets held the Trojans to just 205 yards, something incomprehensible when one remembers who USC touts on offense.
USC finishes 7-6, after a season full of expectations and hype. All that is left to be said is that their 2012 season is officially over, and with Signing Day 45 days away, USC can close the door on this year and wait for 2013’s to open.
It surely should be a better season than this one was.