USC running back Curtis McNeal thought he could be slick and step on a Stanford defender’s face at the end of a play, but the TV cameras, officials, and sports bloggers all caught it.
McNeal had run for about seven yards on USC’s first play from scrimmage to start the second half, and after fighting to try and gain extra yards, he was stood up and pushed back by about three Cardinal defenders. The whistle had blown while McNeal was being stood up by the Stanford gang, but one defender remained tangled with McNeal trying to bring him down.
So how did McNeal react to Barry Browning dragging him down? By sticking a knee in his facemask, and then stepping on his face.
The officials saw the dirty play and flagged McNeal for a personal foul. The 15-yard penalty was from the spot of the foul, so it brought USC back to the 15 and set up a 2nd and 18. They eventually punted.
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