Once upon a time, Lane Kiffin was the head coach of a little school in the southern part of California, aptly dubbed, Southern Cal. On Sep. 3, the two met again. But this time, Kiffin was the offensive coordinator/mad scientist of the reigning national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, entering 2016 ranked as the No. 1 team in the country despite not having a designated starting quarterback.
Not to bury the lede, but the Crimson Tide eviscerated the Trojans, 52-6. The score is even more impressive if you consider the fact that Alabama looked atrocious on offense the first five drives, punting four times. At the start of the night, redshirt freshman Blake Barnett was the starting quarterback: he’d go 5-for-6 with 100 yards passing and a touchdown, and he resoundingly lost his job.
Back to that mad scientist. Kiffin unleashed what appeared to be a video game-like creation in true freshman Jalen Hurts, who is like the player you create and pump all the attributes up to 99 and then watch him smash the unwitting competition. It took him some time to get his feet under him, but he’d finish the night 6-for-11 passing for 118 yards and two touchdowns, but also found pay dirt twice on the ground when he’d carry the rock nine times for 32 yards.
Mid-way through the second quarter, it was 3-0 USC. Thirty-eight unanswered points later and with less than six minutes to go in the third quarter, the Crimson Tide had a commanding 38-3 lead.
There is no doubting the force of nature that is the Alabama defense, but it was also the first game in nearly two decades that USC had without scoring a touchdown.
And the last game #USC did not score a TD was in 1997
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