On a bright, sun-bathed afternoon in Los Angeles, USC came out of the Coliseum tunnel determined to right the ship after a stunning loss to Washington State the week before.
With the Trojans' 35-7 win against an overmatched Boston College squad, USC can breathe a little easier and its coach, Lane Kiffin, might finally get a good night's sleep this evening.
Now 2-1, the men of Troy will look to build on this win after finally showing some life on the offensive side of the ball.
This slideshow will look at the Trojans three games into the season and offer one person's opinion of what has been most surprising for the Cardinal and Gold early in 2013.
Though fans of the program are feeling better about their Trojans, there are still plenty of concerns that will temper this week's satisfying win.
So good and bad, here are the biggest surprises of 2013 for the Trojans...