Yes, you read it here first, Rick “Skippy” Neuheisel has already caught Pete Carroll. And those are hard words for a big time USC homer to type out. After UCLA’s “magical” win against Tennessee in his opening game he confidently led his Bruins into Provo, Utah last week to face BYU.
And, in his second game as the head coach of his alma mater, Skippy’s team was throttled 59-0 by the Cougars.
But not all was lost in that – ehm – loss, as Neuheisel pulled even with Pete Carroll in one statistic, further advancing his case to end the football monopoly in Los Angeles.
By losing 59-0, Neuheisel’s Bruins have now lost their games by the same amount as Carroll’s Trojans during his entire tenure at USC. The Trojans are 78-14 since Pete took over in 2001, and they have lost those 14 games by a combined 59 points. UCLA is now 1-1 under Neuheisel, and lost that one game by 59 points. Amazing.
Here’s a few notes on those numbers:
-USC lost 6 games in Carroll’s first season by a combined 29 points. So since 2002 they’ve lost 8 games by a total of 30 points.
-Under Carroll USC lost by 11 points to Notre Dame in 2001. Since then, they’ve never lost a game by more than 7 points.
So congrats to Rick and the boys, they’re just one step closer to total football domination in Los Angeles!