1) Lane Kiffin Couldn’t Survive That Third Quarter
Within the first two minutes of the third USC had scored on an easy opening drive and Arizona State responded with a 74-yard touchdown pass and an interception return for a touchdown. Those two scores visibly broke the USC defense’s spirit, after which they conceded two more Marion Grice touchdowns in the quarter. The USC offense couldn’t produce a drive to stop the flood and that was it. Despite a valiant comeback effort in the fourth quarter, the Trojans had lost the game and Kiffin had lost his job. Not officially, of course. But in the eyes of the ones in power, the damage had been done. After four games of questionable offense, it was the downfall of the defense that ultimately ended Kiffin’s reign.