Ye of lots of faith
Preparing to ride the elevator up to the Los Angeles Coliseum Press Box, former USC head coach John Robinson was approached by a fan.
“Coach Robinson, it’s an honor to meet you,” the fan said to Robinson. “Enjoy the cold!”
Apparently Robinson — who had two stints coaching the Trojans, from 1976 to 82 and from 1993 to 97, with four Rose Bowl wins — hasn’t lost any faith in his former employers.
Even after a disappointing season in 2012 and a rocky start in 2013, topped off by the recent dismissal of Lane Kiffin, Robinson is holding strong.
“We’ll make it hot out there!” Robinson responded to the fan, with a smile.
Looks like Lane didn’t scare off everyone.
Blame the traffic
After a home loss to Washington State in Week 2, Trojan fans leaped off the USC bandwagon as if it were covered in spiders and snakes.
Maybe only Kiffin was snake-bitten, but the attendance drooped and drooped.
The following week against visiting Boston College — a 35-7 win over the Eagles — attendance fell from 77,823 at the loss to the Cougars to just 62,006.
That was followed by a slight bump, up to 63,482 against Utah State in Week 4.
Early Thursday night, it appeared as if, once again, USC fans had better things to do than watch their Trojans. Slowly, though, the fans trickled in, and a near-empty Coliseum got some life.
Blame it on the traffic.
Spreading the love
B.J. Denker hadn’t been particularly adept at moving the ball around this season.But Thursday, UA’s QB completed passes to six receivers in the first half alone in piling up 209 passing yards, nearly half of his full season total entering the game.
The key throw was to slot receiver Nate Phillips, a 57-yard touchdown pass, one of two receptions for Phillips in the half. His 71 receiving yards were six more than he had all season.
The big number
USC’s Cody Kessler has been underwhelming this year, but he answered some critics early Thursday, throwing for 218 first-half yards and two long touchdowns.