USC rebounded, sort of, against Cal on Saturday night, emerging the victors by a score of 27-9. Interestingly enough, the 2011 score in this series was USC 30, Cal 9.
This game came down to defense, and both teams stepped up this week to prevent runaway scoring. USC was held to under 30, unusual for this Trojan team. Cal managed a trio of field goals, redeeming their kicker for the three he missed at Ohio State last week.
The good news is both injured USC kicker Andre Heidari and center Khaled Holmes played versus Cal, giving USC the boost, and perhaps even confidence, they needed to manage this game and win it decisively.
The Trojans still looked sloppy and it was not a pretty victory. Though, as a friend said to me at the final buzzer: “It may not have been pretty to watch, but a win is a win.” True, however, when you’re fighting for a trip to Miami from a one-loss point of view, style counts, and this Trojan team still lacks style.
I’d like to leave you with this thought before getting onto the winners and losers from USC’s victory over Cal: 1-3 Colorado is tied with ASU for the lead in the Pac-12’s South Division. Chew on that thought for awhile, fellow Trojans.