The USC Trojans kicked their way to a 34-33 victory over the Arizona State University Sun Devils.
It was a crazy game full of special team triumphs and bloopers, including T.J. McDonald's punt block and deflection; extra point block by Tyron Smith returned by Torin Harris for two points; long interception returns for touchdowns by both teams; USC two-point conversion that finally paid off; 100-yard kickoff return by ASU after being surrounded by USC "tacklers"; and USC kicker Joe Houston, who missed two short field goals, finally making the winning one while the ASU Lou Grouza Award winner Thomas Weber missed his game-winning attempt.
There was nothing predictable about this game. Both teams seemed to give away the game, and then take it back.
The only thing consistent about these two teams is their inconsistency, either very good or very bad. This was previously discussed in the article, “USC Football: Will the Favored Trojans Beat the Arizona State Sun Devils?”
I was fortunate to get invited by USCTrojans.com to represent Bleacher Report at the USC-ASU game. Not many fans get invited to sit in the press box and get issued press credentials for a USC Trojans football game, so another article will share what it is like to be in the press box as a fan.
Here are some postgame video interviews with head coach Lane Kiffin and quarterback Matt Barkley, placekicker Joe Houston, safety T.J. McDonald and linebackers Malcolm Smith and Chris Galippo.
Hope you enjoy them.