After Tahj Washington scored a 61-yard touchdown pass to put USC Football up 32-10, Trojan backup punter Will Rose wasn't satisfied. Rose, SC's holder, kept the PAT for a fake and a run for two points:
And of course, as that video showed, he had even more in mind than the two points. He added a couple of extra style points at the end of it, backflipping when he was in the end zone. Nobody would ever expect anybody to backflip in the end zone, and to see the backup punter, who not a lot of people knew a lot about do it made it even more fun.
Clearly, he had been waiting for an opportunity to cross the goal line at his position, and he got it. He was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but who even cares? He deserved that moment, and knew that the Trojans would be up 24 if he scored with not even 20 minutes left in the game.
SC was in control, and could lose 15 yards. He should not do this in the future, but doing it in this one instance given the context of what this game was, and how it had been going is completely fine. Also; shame on the PAC-12 for somehow calling a flag for a backup punter celebrating a fake PAT for two points when the celebration didn't negatively affect anybody else on the field.
USC Football needed a special teams highlight from Will Rose there.
Look--it's no secret that USC Football has struggled mightily on special teams this year. Their return game has been poor, their kicking game hasn't been as good as expected, and their punt game/coverage also hasn't been as good as expected. Will Rose proved that SC is capable, however, at having a strong special teams unit.
Look, Riley clearly saw something in how Colorado had been going after extra points and knew he had two points if he called a fake there. Could USC use a special teams coordinator? Potentially, they could.
Is USC still clearly capable of making plays in that aspect of the game, though? Clearly they are, as they had their moment on Friday. Now it will be on the Trojans to use that moment as momentum moving forward.