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'We finally got all we deserved'

Originally Published: December 4, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

PASADENA, Calif. -- USC didn't have to be magnanimous this time. A year ago, when the Trojans finished the regular season No. 1 in both polls, they never lashed out at the goofiness of a system that denied them a place in the BCS Championship Game. They never complained about the asterisk that hovered over their accomplishment.

On a chilly Saturday evening in the Arroyo Seco, USC struggled to put away crosstown rival UCLA. An offense that usually reaps touchdowns had to settle for five field ...

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