It didn't take long for USC to strike first, with Jake James taking the opening kickoff 96 yards to the house to set the tone for the rest of the game. "We all felt like we got the short end of the stick" said James. "It really motivated us to prove the haters/doubters wrong and show we deserve the BCS, so I wanted to set the tone for therest of the game" But it didn't take long for the Buffaloes to answer, 3 plays later going 76 yards on a quck slant route that broke 2 tackles to tie it up not even a minute into the game. The Trojans seemed almost too confident and comfortable against Colordao, going and out twice afterwards and then fumbling on the 10yard line with CU recovering for a touchdown making it 13-7 after the missed extra point. Poole redeemed himself on the next drive scoring on a 10yard run to put the Trojans up 14-13. The mistakes kept mounting, with Jake James muffing a punt to give Colorado the ball on their 22, but the D saved the day, stopping CU on 3 straight plays inside the 3 yard line to hold them to a field goal attempt in which the Buffaloes missed. SC took advantage of the slip up, almost out of luck as Carl Hagen was looking for the tight end but over threw him. It sailed over Dean's head but right into the hands of Brent Bobo, with nothing but daylight infront of him to got 61 yards to the endzone to make it 21-13. SC then capitalized on the Buffs lacklucker offense, going 3 and out and SC driving all the way down to the 1 with 0 time outs and 1 second left to try to get the last snap off before the end of hte half. THey pulled it off with a quick scramble by Carl Hagen to make it 28-13 into the half. SC started the 2nd half with a field goal, and 2 plays later, an INT from Thorpe finalist Justin Shaw to put SC into the redzone. SC wasn't able to capitalize, getting stopped on 4th and goal. Colorado couldnt do anything with the ball, turning it over again 6 plays later with an INT from Safety Ryan RIggs. SC added another FG to make it 34-13, which ended up being the final score of the game. SC loses their top 3 offensive playmakers in Carl Hagen, Kris Poole and Justin Alston. The repleacements look to capitalize on their new starting spots next year and look to finally put SC back in the title game.