While ESPN's commentators seemed fixated on Matt Barkley, USC's true freshman phenom who truly showed poise beyond his years. It was Joe McKnight with an assist from the O-Line that put the Trojans on his back in the 4th quarter to beat the 8th ranked Buckeyes.
Both the Ohio St. and USC defenses played tough and kept the score low but in the final Trojan drive Pete Carroll unleashed the best horse in his "Stable". McKnight showed his versatility and skills, catching the ball out of the backfield, running over, around and by Buckeye defenders and USC marched down field for a game winning touchdown.
Barkley's performance was significant and impressive, he showed toughness and grit playing through pain and not forcing throws and committing foolish turnovers. His confidence is real and he has the skills to back it up but the most important thing is getting the win.
USC has now won 10 straight games against the Big 10, although this is one of the few times the Big 10 opponent kept the score under double digits. The truth of the matter is Ohio St. had every opportunity to win this game and USC won one ugly but this type of game will give this young and inexperienced Trojan team a huge confidence boost (not that they appear to lack confidence).
Pete Carroll and USC deserve credit for their willingness to take on anyone anywhere. They consistently schedule tough out of conference opponents and have proven to be the ultimate "Road Warriors" who seem to relish the opportunity to play big games against the biggest programs on the road. Other than the 3 point loss to Texas in the National Championship USC has won virtually every big game they've played in the Pete Carroll era.
Now if they could just handle the other OSU (Oregon St.) we might just get the dream USC vs Florida match up in this years Rose Bowl.
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