Southern Cal’s Sanctions Are Over, but Lane Kiffin Memories Are Forever

I suppose that Southern Cal fans are rejoicing today:

Sure, be happy that you are out of the NCAA doghouse; however, you can never erase the memories that this guy gave us:

Thanks for the memories, Lane! Photo Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Thanks for the memories, Lane! Photo Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Earlier this week, Spencer Hall detailed the best memories that Lane gave all of college football. However, simply stating that Lane lost to Tommy Rees just doesn’t sum up the joy that Kiffin gave Irish fans.

Allow me to fill in the blanks as we walk down memory lane…

November 27, 2010: Notre Dame 20 – Southern Cal 16

  • Yes, it does bear repeating that you lost to Tommy freakin’ Rees.
  • Remember, 2010 was a season in which ND lost to Tulsa and Navy in consecutive weeks and this was the first true road game after those disasters.
  • Rees was the only QB to throw any TDs in this game and he did it twice.
  • Rees also threw 3 INTs and had a fumble. USC had only one turnover all game. That’s a 4 to 1 advantage and you blew it, Lane.
  • Robert Hughes still gives Lane nightmares, doesn’t he?
  • Or maybe Harrison Smith picking off Mitch Mustain on the one yard line.
  • Or maybe watching the game winning TD get dropped:

November 24, 2012: Notre Dame 22 – Southern Cal 13

  • Chin up, Trojans, at least you lost to an Everett Golson led Irish team.
  • It was, however, the first time Southern Cal dropped two straight home games to the Irish since 1992.
  • Southern Cal never led.
  • Theo Riddick ran for 146 yards and had 7.3 yards/carry. Nice defense.
  • Lane called a timeout that negated a TD.
  • Everything about the goal line stand. It starts with a penalty, Lane kept trying a fade that wasn’t going to work, tried a Bush Push, and then went for the TD on fourth down when Southern Cal needed two scores anyways:

October 19, 2013: Notre Dame 14 – Southern Cal 10

  • Lane were canned two weeks before this game
  • Still, he constructed this disaster and Orgeron couldn’t save it.
  • This was the first Irish win against Southern Cal at home since 2001.
  • The Trojan defense did manage to stop the Irish…when Tommy Rees went down with an injury
  • This was a loss to the dynamic duo of Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix. Be proud.
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