To recover from a disappointing loss to Stanford, No. 13 USC relied on an old friend, rushing for 296 yards in a 27-9 victory over California.
While it's easy to be gloomy, things aren't all bad for USC, as an opponent it's beaten eight straight times, Cal, is next on the schedule.
USC looks to get its season back on track against Cal, a team coming off a disappointing loss of its own.
With less than three months before the opening of the 2012 season, WeAreSC takes a preliminary look at the Trojans' schedule.
The 2011 season might have just ended, but it's not too early for USC fans to look at the 2012 schedule.
Cal might not be the most formidable opponent, but USC's performance on Thursday should not be dismissed.
USC rides the performance of the lines, coaching adjustments to decisive victory over Cal.
California might have thought that USC and its leaky defense was a good homecoming opponent, but the Trojans defense proved otherwise.
The much-maligned USC defense earned its keep Thursday, forcing five turnovers and carrying the Trojans to victory.
USC is looking for its first road win of the season Thursday night against Cal, which has lost its first two Pac-12 games.