In hindsight, was our win against SC last year the worst thing that could have happened to our program? Let's take a look at what has unfolded as a result:
-We kept our record for the longest win streak in the rivalry.
-We stopped SC from reaching the national championship game where presumably they would have spanked Ohio State.
-We beat SC!
-We were stuck with another year of KD hell and made to believe that 2007 would finally be THE YEAR.
-Dewayne Walker became the man who masterminded the biggest win ever (!) and thus indispensable in the minds of the UCLA athletic department and the idiot general fan base.
-Our defense got full of itself and thought they could win games just by stepping on the field, and thus didn't take lesser games seriously, leading to embarrassments like those perpetuated in Salt Lake City, Pullman, and Tucson.
So while it was a huge win for us in terms of the rivalry, I can't see any way in which it improved the long-term health of our football program. In a way, it's the game where Dewayne Walker largely and unbelievably usurped Terry Donahue's status as godfather of UCLA football. Walker firmly entrenched himself within the program and made himself the de facto shot caller somehow, almost purely due to the legacy of that win, and we're going to be stuck with him and HIS CHOICE for head coach (I can't believe I just wrote that) Norm Chow for a long time.