Wednesday, January 02, 2008

USC 49, Illinois 17

Where do I begin.

Despite the score, the defense played well, at one point holding USC on four straight possessions. The offense, while never really hitting it's stride, did recover and at one tantalizing point climbed to within 11 points of USC. Most importantly, merely attending the Rose Bowl is a victory in itself. Last year the Illini won only two games. Despite the drubbing, this is a sign of progress.

Kudos by the way to USC coach Pete Carroll who could be seen screaming at Desmond Reed for his showboat touchdown (he somersaulted into the end zone). Sportsmanship matters.

Typical Mike quote during the game:

If we just get five more touchdowns, we're right back in this thing!

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