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WCW Roundtable: What's Your Favorite Trojan Moment vs The Bruins

November 20, 2019

There’s so many to choose from.  Pick a decade and count the memories.  It could be OJ Simpson’s cross field cutback run in 1967 or it could be Frank Jordan’s game winning field goal 10 years later...or George Achica’s late game heroics in 1981...the list is endless.  However, I’m going to ask the crew to choose just one moment in the series which will be a part of your snuggle kit till the day it’s ripped from your cold dead hands...if you have two go ahead and share, however, if you had to choose one moment, which one would it be?

Marc Kulkin

I have two favorite moments, however, the one  which means the most to me is what I ilke to call “The Pick”  by Antuan Simmons.   It wasn’t just about one of the greatest interception returns for a touchdown in the history of the was about Simmons return to football which is the real play of the year and  special moment in time.  

For those of you who never heard the name mentioned before, Antuan Simmons was destined to play in the NFL.  He was a three year starter at cornerback and one of the few bright spots on a Trojan squad who were mired in mediocracy at the time.--No one knew what was ahead, however, I hear it was special.

Antuan Simmons was dying and he wasn’t even aware of it yet.  Simmons had back surgery and when the doctors did a post operative surgery MRI, they found a large mass in his abdomen.  That mass would turn out to be a tumor.  Long story short, and I don’t mean to discount anything, but Antuan Simmons, was staring death in the face.  One surgery lead to another and some complications would eventually lead to Antuan Simmons being put on life support.  Simmons was under the care of Dr. Donald Skinner at the Norris Cancer Center and he recounted Simmons grave situation--“If he wasn’t as good an athlete and as strong as he was, I think there was a good chance he would not have survived this series of problems. He came about as close as anybody I’ve treated to not making it.”

However, Simmons, is a Trojan--he fought on.   Simmons beat cancer and he left death knocking at the door.  Antuan won the game of life.  Now it was time to prove something to himself and to all the naysayers who told him his football playing days were over.  It wasn’t easy and it took time and patience to get his body back into regular physical condition let alone football playing shape. Slowly and methodically the weight came back and so did his muscle tone...Simons looked like he did 2 years earlier.  He also had a new head coach for his senior season.

The new head coach?  His name was Pete Carroll and he knew of Simmons struggles and his battle to get back.   With Simmons own will to “Fight On” and Pete Carroll now creating the music, there was only one thing left for Antuan to finish the comeback story.  God really is a Trojan.  So I give you my special moment.

This Saturday marks the end of the Trojans regular season and the Trojans  still have hopes of grandeur.  For now, their focus is on the Bruins.  Last year the Bruins rolled out a walk-on running back by the name of Josh Kelly and all he did was go John Barnes all over the Trojan’s defensive face.  I hate UCLA walk-ons!

This yeat the Trojans wil get revenge.  I’m looking for a big defensive effort and a “Freaking” Slovis party through the air with his best game of the season.  When everything is said and done, Dr. Bartner with Victory Sword in hand dances on the field with the Spirit of Troy during his final rendition of TUSK!

Trojans 45. Bruins 17 

Josh An

I haven't been in this rivalry long, so I'll go with beating UCLA my freshman year at USC(2017). It was my first time experiencing this rivalry in person and being in the atmosphere of the Coliseum with Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen matching up head-to-head was a great experience. Of course, winning helps too :),

I'm going all in this week with my score prediction. Everyone with cardinal and gold over their shoulder pads and the staff with the interlocking logo on their shirts knows this is probably the last regular season game with Clay Helton as the head coach. I expect them to come out playing hard and emotionally for their head coach, and I think they'll eventually overwhelm a struggling UCLA bruins team.

Trojans 48 UCLA 24

Scott Schrader

One of the most memorable USC vs UCLA games I’ve attended, and I’ve attended nearly every one since 1974, was the 2003 edition. Most memorable moment was Big Mike Williams having his way with the smaller Bruin CB, Matt Clark, on one TD reception in the right corner of the end zone.

Prediction: USC 43, UCLA 23

Blake Atwell

My favorite Trojan-Bruin memory comes from 2011. The only thing I really need to say is — 50 to 0. That late November rivalry clash was the height of the Matt Barkley-Lane Kiffin era at USC. The Trojans collected over 500 yards of offense and just kept pouring it on. It was truly something to watch, and I’ll never forget watching that game in the Coliseum next to my Dad.

In terms of this year’s matchup, all USC really needs to do to be successful is make Dorian Thompson-Robinson throw the ball. Thompson-Robinson completes under 60 percent of his passes. His athletic ability poses a challenge to the Trojans, who as we know, don’t have the best reputation with running quarterbacks. USC will contain him, but might struggle to keep Joshua Kelley under wraps. Even if Kelley has a big day, I’ll take Kedon Slovis and a USC team likely fighting to send Clay Helton off in good spirits.

USC- 35, UCLA- 17



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