Big play Ray had a huge INT touchdown return in the 35-3 romp.
For two teams that are in different conferences and do not play a regularly scheduled game between each other, USC and Ohio State have actually met a rather large number of times on the grid iron. Their first meeting took place in 1937 and they have since met an additional 21 times. USC holds the all-time lead in the series with a record of 12-9-1. This includes a 4-2 lead in six Rose Bowl game match ups between the schools.
Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OhioThe 2009 match up will be one with two teams looking to replace a lot of firepower on the defensive side of the ball. In 2008, USC had arguably one of the best defenses college football has seen in the last 25 years. But with nearly all of those players gone, the Trojans will look for a new core of players to step up. Mark Sanchez's early exit for the NFL also leaves them with a new starter at quarterback, but the talent around the ball should have no problem putting up points.
Ohio State will be looking to replace Chris Wells running on offense and the leadership of James Laurenitas on defense. Quarterback Terrell Pryor is now the offensive star of Tressell's offense and the Trojans will need to slow both his passing and running down to win this game.
Buckeye fans wish this guy's son was still around.
Two traditional powers meeting in a what could be a Rose Bowl preview. It doesn't get much better than this.
Okay, maybe adding them can make it a little bit better.