LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans gestures in the game with the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 19-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vs. USC: Rare Second Year Of Lane Kiffin Begins With 19-17 Squeaker

USC opened their final season on bowl ban as the No. 25 team in the country, beating a rebuilding Minnesota team and impressing nobody.

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USC Vs. Minnesota: Final Score, Trojans Hang On For Unconvincing Win

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.

Stay tuned to the opening Saturday of college football with SB Nation's huge assortment of college football blogs and SB Nation's college football news hub. Head over to Conquest Chronicles for more on USC, and check out The Daily Gopher for more on Minnesota.


USC Vs. Minnesota: So This Is What Year Two Of Lane Kiffin Looks Like

Lane Kiffin doesn't get many encore performances. He's kind of like a suicide bomber in some ways. So it was with much anticipation that a nation waited to see just how many two-point conversions the USC Trojans would attempt this year, Kiffin's second on the job.

The answer is many.

Two so far, to be exact, plus a fourth-down conversion attempt while up by 16 points against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, which resulted in the ball whistling over Matt Barkley's head. There doesn't appear to be any particular pattern to it, but it would make a lot more sense if it worked. The whole thing seems to be an attempt to make the other coach's two-point conversion decision card work really hard.

The entire strategy appears to be throwing the ball to wide receiver Robert Woods, who's already set the school record for catches in a single game with 17 for 169 yards, which is really saying something when you remember USC's had a lot of coaches besides Lane Kiffin. Oh, and Woods broke a punt return for 34 yards.

Seriously, 19-10 in the fourth quarter? What is 19-10?

For more, head to USC blog Conquest Chronicles.


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