Monday, October 08, 2007

The Aftermath (and After Party)

How difficult was it for USC after losing to Stanford? Not very, at least for some Trojans.

Sports by Brooks reports that several USC players were spotted at the Hollywood hotspot Les Deux after the 24-23 loss.

Among the players was quarterback John David Booty, right, who was "doing shots and enjoying the company of several members of the fairer sex."

Booty, who cracked the tip of his middle finger on his throwing hand during the loss, threw four interceptions. His Heisman hopes are all but over, and he might be replaced as the starter by Mark Sanchez.
With help from Image of Sport, a sports photography service for daily newspapers and editorial publications, and YouTube, we are blowing out Stanford's victory.

Image of Sport has the best shot we've seen of the Cardinal's Mark Bradford going high over the Trojans' Mozique McCurtis to snare the winning touchdown pass.

Jim Harbaugh, left, said afterward: "This is the start. We haven't written the finish yet. We don't know how the finish is going to turn out. But this is a heck of a start for that."
What made the victory even more incredible was the play of quarterback Tavita Pritchard, above, who got the start after T.C. Ostrander had a seizure early last week. Pritchard had attempted only three passes in college before Saturday.

Here are the final 54 seconds of Stanford's victory, including the botched call of the winning fourth-down play by Versus announcer Ron Thulin, who says, "Touchdown USC!" Thulin quickly corrected himself.

Analyst Kelly Stouffer didn't help matters by saying that the Cardinal would be going for the tie with the extra point. Within seconds, he corrected his blunder.

There is also a video taken of the winning play from the end zone, but embedding has been disable, so to view it you'll have to click here.

A wild scene at Stanford, where students in the Florence Moore West dorm watched the finish.

Shortly after midnight, the team arrived back on campus and Harbaugh addressed an estimated 5,000 fans who gathered to greet the team. Harbaugh has rejuvenated a program that has gone through six years of losing games, churning through coaches and playing in silent stadiums on its own campus.


Ty Keenan said...

As someone who spent the last four years going to Stanford Stadium every Saturday only to leave pissed off, I can't tell you how much this win meant to me. I'm getting a grad degree now and live off campus, but the damn thing was so great that I actually drove the 20 minutes to school just so I could soak it all in. Anyway, this is one of the better picture/video recaps I've seen -- thanks so much for that.

Also, if you're a stickler for details, the dorm is called "Florence Moore West."

dawizofodds said...

Thanks for that Ty! Correction noted.