Found October 31, 2013 on Fox Sports West:
A part of what makes Pete Carroll so beloved by USC fans is the incredible run he guided the team on. He appeared out of one of the dark ages in Trojans football in which the team played in just one Rose Bowl in the 90s, and guided them to five in the 2000s, including four in a row. USC in Pasadena on New Year's Day seemed like a regular occurrence. As outlandish as it may sound, some of those trips to the Rose Bowl were consolation prizes. Carroll and USC have Oregon State to thank for that. Corvallis has been cursed for USC over the last 10 years. In 2006, it was then-No. 3 USC falling to the Beavers 33-31. In 2008, on a Thursday night, No. 1 USC fell 27-21. In both cases, USC's national title hopes were either severely damaged or lost altogether. In the case of the 2006 team, they were still in a position to advance to the national title game with the loss at Oregon State on their record, but then "13-9" happened -- the program's regular season endi...
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