Carroll could’ve used Bomb he detonated last week, as Mike Stoops beats troy stupes 21-17, thanks to late Arizona Bomb and subsequent sc Duds
Looks like Pete Carroll’s explosive eruption was a little premature.
On Saturday, Pom Pom, Matt Barkley, and the trojans all found out that it’s a little tougher to connect on a deep pass when it doesn’t come as part of a bush league surprise attack. With usc trailing 21-17 and just a few minutes left in the game, Barkley needed a long strike to keep the trojans from plummetting even further below their lofty preseason expectations. But the Freshman QB apparently does NOT have what it takes to come through in the clutch.
Stunningly, Arizona allowed an sc Receiver to get behind the secondary, and he was wide open for what should have been the game-winning toss, but Barkley threw it over the wrong shoulder, badly missing his target. On that season-defining “drive,” Barkley got sacked, and then threw 3 Incompletions.
Stunningly again, Arizona was unable to run out the clock, and gave the ball BACK to sc with 3 seconds left. Why the Wildcat QB didn’t just run down the field and take a Safety is a mystery, and almost cost Stoops the game, but as time expired, Barkley couldn’t get rid of the ball — despite having good protection — and he got sacked, to end the worst regular season in recent sc memory.
It’s like Larry Smith and Paul Hackett had a Love Child named Pete. The trojans went from being Nationally Ranked at #4, to going 5-4 in the Pac-10, and being completely UN-ranked. That HAS to be — quantifiably — the worst disappointment in Pac-10 History.
Apparently, it was reported by usc’s announcers that a lot of the trojans –celebrating Senior Day in their last Coliseum performance — left the field without shaking hands with the victorious Wildcats. Not even so much as a “What’s Your Deal?”
How long until we see a “Fire Pete Carroll” website? Ever since the NCAA started investigating just how Carroll was luring more than his share of High School stars to a cesspool campus, not to mention the Ting Steroid connection, the talent level has dropped, and this season, without the crutches of good Coordinators, Carroll has reverted back to his old NFL form, which is, losing way too much to hold onto a job.
In September, who would have thought that Rick Neuheisel’s Bruins would do a better job of performing up to expectations than would Carroll’s trojans? Now, Rick should really be able to sell potential recruits on the fact that they could easily be the ones to COMPLETE a changing of the guard in L.A. And since Rick could sell condoms to Eunuchs, selling L.A.’s only team on the rise should be a piece of cake. Things could really be about to blow up.