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Did They Even Read Their Own Stats? - De File
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Did They Even Read Their Own Stats?
ESPN is building up to the Rose Bowl by letting fans vote on how USC would have fared against ten great teams in college football history. Since their first hypothetical opponent is the only one of those teams I saw in person, I paid closer attention. After describing the 1991 Washington Huskies come-from-behind defeat of Nebraska at Lincoln, the capsule summary notes that, "Washington's only other remotely close game was a Week 10 trip to USC. The Dawgs won 14-3, and the pollsters were not impressed, moving the Huskies from No. 2 down to No. 3." But if you look at the schedule below, alongside a 54-0 defeat of Arizona and similarly dramatic blow-outs the game I attended is listed: Washington 24-California 17. Hmmm. Even on paper, that sounds a little more than "remotely close" to me. And since I was there, I can add the important fact that the Bears had a chance to tie on the very last play. Had the younger but much taller Sean Dawkins run the route instead of Brian Treggs, they could very well have had a touchdown. I'm sure, if Mike Pawlawski read this, that he's rolling over and over in agony on his futon. When you don't have many great seasons to look back on, you have to pay special attention to the ones you have. Any Cal fan will tell you that.

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