USC (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Rival Denial

  • UCLA

  • USC


Dec. 2, 2006: One year after the heartbreaking loss to Texas in the Rose Bowl, the No. 2 Trojans returned to Pasadena needing to beat their archrival Bruins to advance to a third straight BCS Championship Game. How hard could it be? USC won the crosstown rivalry a year earlier, 66-19, and these Bruins were only 6-5. With a brilliant game plan by defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, UCLA held USC to 55 rushing yards and one touchdown. Curse alert -- the Trojans haven't played for the crystal football since.