If one were to take a look at the box score excluding all of the actual scoring, they would probably assume that USC easily defeated Minnesota by two or more scores on Saturday afternoon. Instead, Lane Kiffin decided to act like your 9-year-old brother does when he plays football video games, randomly going for it on fourth down and going for two-point conversions when it made little to no sense. Thanks to Kiffin's shenanigans, the Trojans could not turn their obvious statistical domination into a dominant win, edging by the Gophers by a score of 19-17.
Here is a breakdown of all of the ridiculous and random things Lane Kiffin did in this game. There is a decent chance that list is incomplete. Kiffin is a certifiable crazy person, which unfortunately overshadowed the fact that Matt Barkley went 35-46 passing for 299 yards and three touchdowns.
Minnesota was in it to the very end, but Max Shortell threw an interception on the Gophers' final drive to seal the deal for the Trojans. USC will probably find a way to stay ranked next week, probably because they would have won by 20 points if their coach was not intoxicated.
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