WARNING: TURN DOWN YOUR SPEAKERS FOR THIS.
At no point in the entire last decade did one team's loss provoke such a fiery response from a school who didn't beat them.
But that's exactly what Stanford's 24-23 upset of No. 2 ranked USC did to the game already in progress in Death Valley.
Southern Cal and LSU split the top two rankings in the AP poll and USA Today Coaches' Poll, with each reigning atop one poll while the other close behind at No. 2. LSU went into their October 2007 matchup against the Florida Gators as the AP No. 1 team (a ranking the Tigers hadn't held before the Florida game since 1959) but questions remained as to whether the Tigers would play like it, or whether the Coaches' Poll No. 1 Trojans of USC should leapfrog LSU.
Just as Keiland Williams scampered into the end zone to bring the Tigers within three of the Gators with 7:49 in the third quarter, legendary LSU public announcer Dan Borne delivered the news that the Trojans were upset at home, making us realize that AP No. 1 LSU was playing for our right to be called the undisputed top team in college football. Our Tigers were playing for their right to be called the best.
What we did next just seemed to come naturally to all of us. This is a homemade video from someone in the student section after we got the news. Pay particular attention to the band starts to play "Four Corners," the song typically saved for when the band opens the game on the field and at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Also the girl at the 12-13 second mark for a brief few seconds looking up into the student section. Because we all were, at some point. We didn't know what we were feeling, but all of a sudden, we knew it was on.
This was the loudest and most electrified I ever heard our student section, and I'll never remember this moment without choking up just a little bit.