USC football’s win over UCLA proved the Trojans don’t quit and more
USC football owns Los Angeles.
That’s probably the simplest takeaway from the Trojans’ 43-38 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl.
USC is now 5-0 and one of just a few undefeated teams left in the country. What else did we learn from the rivalry game?
USC football has a never say die culture
Say what you will about USC’s penchant for falling behind in games, the Trojans know how to overcome deficits and win close games.
Saturday night was the third example in five games of USC refusing to quit. They trailed by 18 after UCLA scored on their opening drive of the second half. The team didn’t falter. In fact, the offense finally got their stuff together and scored the first third-quarter touchdowns of the season to shrink the deficit.
Even when Amon-Ra St. Brown’s critical error resulted in an interception and UCLA struck immediately with a long touchdown pass, USC didn’t hang their heads. They outpaced their rivals 21-3 in the fourth quarter.
What does all of that mean? As frustrating as USC might be most of the time, the players have an admirable level of grit and belief. Write them off at your peril.