One of the benefits of staying home with a sick child on Saturday was flipping back and forth and watching USC struggle to beat another run-of-the-mill team in Utah. Like the week before, USC did everything they could to give the game back. It took a blocked field goal to secure the game. That play was fine, but it was what took place afterwards that showed, once again, why USC is USC. As they recovered the ball and headed towards the end zone with, correct me if I'm wrong, about 5 to 8 seconds left, the USC team burst from the sidelines and on to the field. Granted, it didn't appear as if this action prevented Utah from getting the ball back, but how did this not result in both a penalty that, at the very least, stopped the play and the clock. Sure, all USC would have to do is kneel and let the clock run out, but that's to be played out and not decided by an official's assumption. What's worse is that the Pac 12 re-instated the touchdown. How? If this is truly the correct interpretation of the rules, then there is a problem because half the team went on to the field of play during the runback and before he scored?
Of course, that's all splitting hairs. The most important things about what took place is a) their players once again showed that they failed to understand the rules of the game, b) the coach does not have control over this team, c) the utter lack of class by running on to the field while the clock was still running and d) - my personal favorite - the over-exaggerated celebration for beating a middle-of-the-pack foe early in the season. Huh, I thought the bar was raised a little higher there. Guess things have changed.