Inexcusable: Stanford Topples #2 USC

Everyone in their right minds expected USC, a near 40 point favorite, to chop Stanford down with ease. But in the end it was the men of Troy who fell as the Stanford defense shouted “timber!”

The win could possibly be attributed to Stanford’s coach Jim Harbaugh, who famously called this Trojan team ‘maybe the best team of all time,’ pulling off the biggest psyche-out of college football history.

Either way, USC’s phenomenal 35 home-game win streak has been shattered by the most unlikely of opponents.

Stanford’s Egboh blocked USC’s PAT attempt early in the game. And unbeknownst to the Trojans at the time, it was this block that would prove the fatal blow as the Cardinals upset USC, 24-23.


One was the Heisman candidate quarterback, the other was a second-string quarterback starting his first game in his college career. And if you came into the game knowing nothing about football, you might assume that John David Booty was the second-string QB. That’s because Booty’s four interceptions comprised the majority of the Trojans’ five turn-overs, ultimately leading to the fall of Troy.

History Repeats Itself: The Trojans hadn’t lost at home since Carroll’s first year with USC, when Stanford beat them 21-16.

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48 thoughts on “Inexcusable: Stanford Topples #2 USC

  1. Thank you for a crappy game, thank you very much!
    Sincerely,
    #2 ranked, Pac-10 leading, Cal Bears

    P.S. Bring your A game Nov 10.

  2. what the fuck man. who the fuck ranked us number 1. im a hardcore trojan fan and i havent given up on my team but this was just outright bullshit.

  3. TIME FOR A NEW QB ANYBODY IS BETTER THAN BOOTY JUST LIKE HIS BROTHER A CHOKE ARTIST,TO BAD USC HAD TO IMPORT A LOSER ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY,IN THE INTERVIEW AFTERWORD HE STILL HAD THAT BIG STUPID PIE FACE LOOK,USC HOW FAR WILL WE LET THIS CLOWN TARNISH US,HE COST A NATIONAL CHAAMPIONSHIP LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR HE COULD NOT LEAD A CUB SCOUT TROOP,HEISMAN,YEAH RIGHT HE SHOULD WIN KEITH OBERMANS WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD AWARD

  4. I never want to see John David Booty throw another football. He’s a pathetic loser. He makes the Trojans look like a joke. I was screaming for Sanchez even before last year’s December loss. Carroll needs to realize that when faced with adversity, Booty has never been clutch, he buckles under-pressure. Instead of scoring when it counts, like a champion (think Palmer, Leinart, Bush, White, Jarrett), he loses his poise and throws yet another INT. Next week, he’ll be on the bench, probably wearing kevlar rather than pads.

  5. Just a gutless performance. USC has not fielded a team that showed up from the first snap to the final whistle with 60 minutes of intensity since 2004 (the ’05 was so good they got cocky and really didn’t think they had to try until they really needed to but got away with it). Every ‘SC team since has had that attitude but without really earning it. The ’02 – ’04 teams still had some holdovers from the Hackett era who wanted to push ‘SC back on top. These new stud recruits don’t have that attitude and it is so evident that just showing up is good enough for them. As good as a coach as Pete is, he is very much a players coach. I think he needs to start pushing these kids a little more b/c right now, they really are destroying all that Palmer, Polamalu, Tatupu, Bush, Bing and Lienart worked for. Frankly I’m surprised this kind of upset hadn’t happened sooner.

  6. Hmmmm. I abide; I am but a laughing riddle.

    It’s funny that I now find other repeating claims that I made last year here. Mark Sanchez always was struck me as the better QB.

    Here’s a new one. This blame for this loss falls squarely on the shoulders of Steve Sarkisian.

  7. Hmmmm. I abide; I am but a laughing riddle.

    It’s funny that I now find other repeating claims that I made last year here. Mark Sanchez always was struck me as the better QB.

    Here’s a new one. The blame for this loss falls squarely on the shoulders of Steve Sarkisian.

  8. Time for the Good Time Charlie loosie goosie workouts to come to an end there Pete. Time you and Steve bench the boys with pressclippinitis and put in some talent like Sanchez. I wanted to run on to the field last night and tackle Booty myself. His goofy smart ass facial expressions just gall me. I’d almost take the walk on kid over in Westwood before 7 interceptions in 2 games Booty.

  9. It will be sad not to have ellis and jackson, but next years team will be much better because Booty (john david booty…man what a stupid name) will be gone. Mustain will be the man… But it seems few people realize how far this team has slipped since Norm Chow left…..Lane and Steve never seemed to master this offense…Bring Norm back!!!!!!!

  10. The fish rots from the head down – Pete needs a swift kick in the ass for letting Sarkisian call this offensive nightmare: 1) Chauncy Washington and his pathetic running style (my grandmother could have played and stopped his predictable running game), 2) Keeping Booty in when he CAN’T throw an ACCURATE pass downfield (TD’s were because of talented recievers who had to catch poorly thrown passes) or simple slant routes (one for a DEFENSIVE TD). If SC doesn’t start USING their great talent by being INNOVATIVE with their offensive game plan (like Norm Chow), FORGET the Oregon and Cal games – more miserable losses.

  11. It’s a real shame for losing to a sorry ass team like Stanford. Inexcusable! It’s positively time for a change at quarterback too. Booty just does not do well under pressure. Big time quarterbacks do not make the mistakes that he does. But let’s not just put the blame on Booty. The entire offense was sleep walking last night.

  12. Hey I heard that Booty broke a finger on his throwing hand during/after the game. Can anybody confirm this? (Please God) All i ask for is to be able to see #6 under center.

  13. While walking through the casino floor at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe earlier this year, Ol’ Petey proudly said, “the only team that can beat us this year is ourselves!” That unabashed arrogance is why the Tree/Indians could pull the upset. The players on the team expect to win because scouts, sports writers, and coaches tell them they are so talented that they will win. They don’t go out and fight and scrap to actually win. Prima donnas with no heart. More L’s won’t be a surprise.

  14. Does anyone seriously know why the hell pete kept in john david faggot along with only using C. Washington. im pretty sure my local elementary school running back shows better skill than washington. 4 Interceptions? 7 in the past 2 games? what is going on with pete carroll? has USC failed at the running game? im glad we recruited so many RB’s so i can watch Booty, im embaressed to say his full name, throw more interceptions than my 15 year old sister would if she had recievers and running backs like SC. hey pete , take a little too much of an advantage because espn and the whole nation gave you a verbal BJ?

  15. You guys are assholes. You only support your team, and the QB when the sun is shining. Pete left Booty in because Sanchez has never thrown a TD pass, and has thrown a number of interceptions.

    Buck up and support your team, and stop acting like little shits.

    Fight On!

  16. SC lost last night, so it happens. What really made me sick was the display of the Trojan fans last night at the game, not all of them, just the few who seemed it was just right to boo and throw bottles on the field. My how the “loyal” fans seen to turn when there is a L in the column. Remember what Pete has done since he got here? I’ve been a Trojan die hard for 30+ years of my life, I have seen the good and I remember the dark times. I know we can’t win when Booty throws 4 pics, but I’ll give the some prop’s, he played with a broken finger on his throwing hand.

    Fight On, there’s still a lot of football to be played!!

  17. Shame on all of you turning your backs on USC football….I’m truly believing what people say out there about Trojan fans, how ridiculously spoiled and arrogant you are and when the going gets tough, or we simply lose to another team, we start making excuses. We lost, end of story. Grow up! Has Notre Dame turned their backs on their football program….at the Rose Bowl there were 20,000 Irish fans and they were 0-5 AND if was an away game. You are pathetic!

  18. DID MISS NEW BOOTY HAVE A HURT HAND LAST YEAR,BOOTY IS JETHRO FROM THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES,THAT FAT FACE,HE IS A LOSER AND YOU IDIOTS WHO SUPPORT HIM DONT RELIZE HOW QUICK A POWERHOUSE CAN FALL FROM GRACE,HE RUINED WHAT MATT AND REGGIE BUILT AND NOW IM BELIEVING NORM CHOW MADE USC AND PETE NEEDS TO SPEND LESS TIME IN THE TANNING BED AND HAVE A SHAKE UP OF COACHES AND SEND BOOTY BACK TO THE TRAILER PARK.ALL THOSE TAILBACKS NONE HAVE BREAK AWAY SPEED,BOOTY IS A LOSER AND FROM NOW ON NO MAIL EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI SHOULD BE RECEIVED.

  19. whats really funny is just because a guy plays for your team you have to force yourself to like him and support him? i have never like booty and never will simple as that. theres always going to be someone you dont like on your team and thats just that. I dont like him but i push on because he is part of the team.I love nearly everyone on the team but rushing for under a 100 yards and complaining about it isnt turning your back its wondering why the hell a team with such talent be screwing around with a QB who throws more pics than a 3 year old. I do however agree with the post about the fans booing and throwing bottles on the field. everyone loses at some point and that was childish to react that way. Its just frustrating to see your team lose not because the team they played is better but because basically your team beat themselves. Theres still a ton of ball to be played and actually i think this opened up some eyes and maybe we will get our shit together. Even rome fell. Jordan lost games too! Stafon for Heisman!

  20. Last night was a stunner.. now its time to Fight On to a new Day !!! there is alot of games to be played and I Know Pete Carroll will come up with a good Game Plan to bounce back. Dont give up to early, 69-13 is a good record since Pete Carroll arrived!

    FIGHT ON TROJANS !!!

  21. I’m surprised at all the hate here, I just stumbled upon it
    I’m a Buckeye, so I dont root for USC, but 1 loss can be overcome this year.
    We don’t look unbeatable, and I think LSU can be beat in a tough SEC west.
    If you guys can take out Cal, i think you’ll be fine

  22. Booty not only sucks but the receivers can’t catch the football. Patrick who??? He won’t be playing on Sundays.
    Oh, Carroll, learn how to use your timeouts.

  23. I would agree, there’s lots of football to be played and fans should be supportive through good times and bad. But after playing college football myself (not at ‘SC, just got my masters from ‘SC) and only losing 5 times over 4 years, I know what it is like to win and to play with confidence and play hard. It makes me sick to see guys with such talent just mail it in and when pushed not push back.

    But, shit happens and the season is still young. Booty at times does throw a real pretty ball, but when he misses, he misses so badly it’s amazing that he’s a Div. I QB. I don’t think you bench him yet (if he’s healthy to play that is). They just need to play harder.

  24. The offense does have it’s injuries, but that’s what the coaches are for. The offensive coaches are supposed to scheme with what they have, and they do have a helluva lot more than Stanford…but even with that talent,why the hell do you run on 4th down behind the reserve right guard?? Bill Walsh wrote about going for it on 4th down. He basically said that unless you are faaarrr superior to the defense, that running would almost always fail. The offensive line is “NOT” the group that blocked for Bush. The current line is patched together…………Was anyone surprised that C.W. was popped in the back field? Come on coach? Have some balls and run a play action to the reserve TE. Bill Walsh had select play action plays that he would “ONLY” run down there in that red zone & these plays were always practiced so that they would be prepared……….. or put frikin Joe Mcknight in and just run student body left ~ NOT RIGHT TO THAT RESERVE GUARD! Or how about using those “TOWERS” to out leap for a touchdown? isn’t that why you recruited all that height at wideout??? I’ve seen Patrick Turner drop one too many, and he is such a gifted player. Can you coaches put the fire to his ass? He should be playing on Sundays in the future, but something is going wrong and his stock is plummeting quickly………
    With Booty having broken his finger, I understand wanting to stick with him. However, it obviously played a role in his throwing. I’ve seen him throw beautiful passes which were dropped by his targets. We shouldn’t blame Booty. He has done more than his part to battle. Call some better plays coach! I bet if he was at LSU, he would be tearin the crap out of teams……..Sure he would have some picks, but his TD’s would far outpace the rest of the QB pack. Tedfords play calling has Nate Longshore looking like the sleeper that will wine the Heisman after they beat USC…..You offensive coaches have to take the heat for the crappy ass play calling. All of that talent, and ya can’t utilize it to display the superior athletes that are standing on the field.
    You just love to throw it to the FB,it seems S.S. He’s a great talent, but why so many touches when their are these “Freaks” at wideout that are starving for touchdowns? Defenses only need to stop the FB and tightend, and USC loses!!
    The play calling and performance of the wideouts running these crappy plays made Mr. Sanchez(is that the corner from Stanford) look like Deion Sanders. The frikin guy looked like an animal. He was cut, and bounced up to make a play outside on the island!
    Horrible………..

  25. THE PLAY CALLING I AGREE CAN BE PREDICTED A MONTH AHEAD OF TIME,BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE BOOTY IS 99.995 PERCENT OF THIS TEAMS PROBLEM,THE PLAY CALLING HAS BEEN SORRY SINCE NORM LEFT BUT WE HAD ALL THOSE GREAT ONES TO COVER THAT,NOW WE HAVE RECIEVERS WHO WILL BE ON SOFA ON SUNDAYS AT JOHN DAVIDS HOUSE WATCHING JOHN DAVID AND HIS BROTHER FIGHT OVER WHO RUINED MORE SATURDAYS,MUST BE NICE TO NOT PROTECT THIS HOUSE JOHN DAVID,PLEASE EVERYONE,JDB FINGER IS HURT SO GIVE HIM YOUR MIDDLE ONE AT ALL THE HOME GAMES.

  26. I think USC’s biggest problem is our lack of creativity. All you have to do is look at a couple programs to see this…for example, Texas Tech, Hawaii, Boise…the list goes on. They do not win or atleast score 60 points a game because they have superior talent. They win because they are willing be creative and think outside the box. HORRIBLE!!! They players and the coaches are all responsible for this loss. I love the TROJANS, but the effort was just not there. IF WE WIN OUT, WE WILL BE THERE IN THE END. FIGHT ON!

  27. Thanks for the national title shot. Come to Cal…if Stanford can smoke you, we’ve got no problem. Oh, and good luck with Oregon. I’m sure you’ll do great.

  28. Guys who throw 7 picks, drop 3 passes, can’t block or can’t run ought to be benched. Maybe some of the pine riders can throw, catch, or block.

    What ever happened to shovel passes, inside screens, rollouts, passes to the fullback, winning the game on the ground in the fourth quarter? Surely someone on the coaching staff can get performance out of the players by calling plays that have SOME creativity?

    Nobody cares WHY Booty throws 7 picks in 3 games, get someone else in there. They COULDN’T do worse!

    John McKay is spinning in his grave right now.

  29. Fire Steve Sarkisian right now! Get his a$$ out of there, or send his a$$ to Tenessee to spend time carrying Norm Chow’s jock strap so he knows what reall balls smell like! Then, he can come back to USC with the killer instinct that has disappeared from the SC offense when Norm left.

  30. WHERE THE HELL IS THE KILLER INSTINCT?? WEAK A$$ PLAY, BECAUSE OF WEAK A$$ PLAY CALLING…..GOING FOR IT ON 4TH DOWN TAKES BALLS ONLY WHEN YOU CALL A FRIKING GREAAAAAT PLAY….SUCK, SUCK, SUCK! STAND UP COACHES AND FRIKIN TAKE SOME OFFENSE TO GETTIN YOUR A$$ SMOTHERED ON THIS BOARD! WEAK, WEAK A$$, PU$$Y ASS, PLAY CALLIN$ KILLER INSTINCT????? I SAW ONE COACH WHO WAS HYPED UP AT THE END, GUESS WHICH PLAY CALLER IT WAS?? IT WAS THAT A$$HOLE ON THE STANFORD SIDELINE WHO WAS HYPING HIS TEAM UP AS THEY ROLLED YOUR SISSY A$$ UP. FU$$ YOU SARK! YOU A BITCH A$$ PLAY CALLER!!!! I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT THE GAME AGAINST IDAHO WAS A PREVIEW TO WHAT WE WERE GONNA SEE OUT OF YOUR WEAK A$$ DAMN A$$HOLE AL DAVIS SHOULD HAVE TAKIN BOTH OF YOU! FU$$, AND TO GET CAUGHT UP HOPING THIS TEAM OF TALENT COULD BE MOLDED INTO “THE BEST THAT P.C.” HAS EVER BROUGHT IN. I ONLY RESPECT P.C., THE RB COACH, THE OLINE COACH, THE STRENGTH COACH, AND THE LB COACH. FU$$ THE CB COACH! ALL THAT TALENT OVER THE PC YEARS AT CB, AND NOT ONE HAS BEEN AN ALL AMERICAN. I SHOULD STOP, BUT……YOUR SORRY ASS OFFENSIVE CALLING HAS TO STOP…………SUCK IT SUCK IT SUCK IT!

  31. I TOLD YOU TO KEEP SUKIN SARK! SUK TILL YOU GET FED UP OF TAKING THIS DEEP DOWN YOUR THROAT! SUCK IT, SUCK IT BITCH!

  32. OK, I went way overboard………..sorry for my bad behavior. This is my last bad post. Please get pissed off coaches. Please come out, and show us something. Anything. Just Anything. California doesn’t have one real football dynasty. It’s all on USC, the house that PC built. Either the offense plays up to that defense’s standard, or something must change. Do what ya gotta do . . . and fire Sark

  33. I think that the reason that folks are so fired up is that the truth seems so obvious here and yet the value is so misplaced.

    Booty is constantly in the Heisman talk? Really?? Why should that be? Is it just because Palmer and Leinart paved the way for him and so now any QB from USC has got to be in the mix? As I’ve noted here before, there were signs of Booty’s vulnerability in the past. To address an earlier post, experience means very little if you don’t have that inner drive and constant fear-of-loss/paranoia that you’ll make a mistake, which it seems quite plain to me that he lacks. Perhaps he could be fixed w/ a good sports psychologist, I don’t know. But his body language over the years speaks volumes of his general disposition on this issue.

    Similarly, Lane Kiffin (and presumably Sarkisian) is (were) evidently on the fast track to an NFL coaching job(s). Really? And no one seems to want Norm Chow, the guy who made it work with a whole lot less and is a true football innovator/intellectual. Now it could be that he’s best in the offensive coordinator slot – doesn’t interview well – a million things, but it’s kind of hard to look at the facts and not be long Chow, and short Kiffin and Sarkisian, who everyone else seems to overvalue and believe to be the shitznit.

    The bottom line is that it’s hard to root for USC these days. They’ve just cleaned up in the recruiting game too completely that there’s not a single fiber of underdog-ness left in them. Expectations are deservedly high. Rage on this board should surprise no one.

    And now finally, it’s really time to put Carroll’s talk to the test. There are now a slew of upperclassmen who have failed to perform. What o’ what will or should he do? Can them to replace them with a bunch of younger, faster, and smaller four and five star replacements?

  34. Well said………….but I still want Sark to SUCK IT. WEAK A$$ Sark! Lol. You suck man. Your play calling sucks man. Do those players play for YOU? It doesn’t look like it. These players on offense are a reflection of YOU. YOU SUCK AS A PLAY CALLER AND POSITION COACH. GO READ SOME MORE BOOKS, WRITE SOME MORE B.S. ON “USC OFFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY!” LOL. AND TO THINK PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE BUYING INTO YOU REALLY BEING SOME KIND OF OFFENSIVE GURU. SAARKISSIAN, YOU SUUUUUCCCCCKKKK BIG HAIRY, MOLDY, CRUSTY, FUNGUS INFECTED TOES!! GET MAD SAARK! DO SOMETHIN YOU SAWRY PLAY A$$ PLAYCALLER!

    You know, in that NCS that USC lost to Texas. I wish you guys had the balls to play action, and throw deep to DJ! Of course, you don’t have balls that big………You and Kiffin, both suck. I don’t feel sorry for the Raiders. I feel sorry for USC. You suck Sark!

  35. I coach my QB to play calmly with no emotion, because a QB has to be calm under pressure. I coach my QB to play like me, because he can only be the best if he is calm like me. I coach my QB to run my seven plays, because a QB doesn’t have to run more than this. I coach my QB to look left and right, but always throw to the receiver that I tell him to. I coach my QB to listen to me. I coach my QB to be the best, just like me.

  36. What belfast? You don’t think the loss was avoidable? Wasted time-outs? Yeah, learn when to use them Pete! Inappropriate play-calling?

    And why with the best defense in the country, can we not create some damn QB pressure? Stanford’s second-stringer looked way too comfortable in the pocket. Couldn’t we force him out? Where was the blitz? Nowhere? Why couldn’t we shake him up?

    So shut your homophobic ass up, belfast, or at least say something usefull.

  37. hAY I gotta betta idea…why donna you all suckan LSU’s nuttsack…if you know what I’m talkin about? Can’t beat a god damn losa team u bunch o’losas

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