5 Best USC Football Moments of the Pete Carroll Era

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Dec 28, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll observes pre game warmups against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Legendary Trojan head coach Pete Carroll will receive an honorary degree from USC today during the university’s graduation ceremony on the way to his USC Hall of Fame induction.

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That means it is a perfect time to look back on the nine years of football greatness he added to the rich history of USC athletic excellence.

From 2001 to 2009, Carroll oversaw a near unmatchable run: two national championships, seven consecutive Pac-12 championships, seven consecutive BCS bowl appearances with six victories, three Heisman trophy winners, 25 1st team All-Americans and countless other accomplishments.

Of course, that list would be nothing without the great moments it created for Trojan fans.

Here are the best moments to go along with those achievements:

Honorable Mentions:

27-0: It was the start of something bigger than anyone could have ever predicted. USC signaled the beginning of their dominance under Carroll in rivalry games with a shutout of crosstown rival UCLA, who was ranked No. 20 at the time. It was the largest margin of victory for the Trojans against the Bruins since 1979.

23-0: Carroll’s Trojans announced their intentions in 2003 by shutting out No. 6 Auburn on the road in Matt Leinart’s debut.