USC has a long tradition of hosting games with plenty at stake. The atmosphere during Saturday’s game against Stanford has been described as electric and reminiscent of the days under Pete Carroll.
During Carroll’s run at USC, the Coliseum morphed into a hostile environment where countless opponents only knew what it was like to walk away with the taste of defeat.
The 2007 and 2009 games against the Cardinal notwithstanding.
Dating back to 2004, the Coliseum has seen battles against Cal, Fresno State, Ohio State, and more recently the Cardinal in 2011.
On Saturday, many have said there was a certain buzz and intensity that filled the air leading up to kickoff and it carried on at different levels throughout the game.
During the Cardinal’s first drive on offense, they were forced to call two timeouts. Presumably because the crow noise had them slightly out of sorts.
The emotion of the game was enough to drive thousands of fans onto the field once the clock hit 0:00.
The decision, or impulse to rush the field was decreed and criticized by some.
But according to those who were in attendance, including a Reign of Troy editor, the celebration was more about the sense of triumph and vindication, than the simple act.