When Pete Carroll was in the midst of his championship run at USC, he knew the Trojans would play a nearly perfect game and it still wouldn't be enough to win.
That day came in the 2006 Rose Bowl on a night when Vince Young and Texas was unstoppable.
''I had said for years at `SC that we're going to go out and play the game that we want to play and it's about us and how we bring our game to it. Some time, somewhere down the road, some guy or a couple players find a way to play so far above the norm and they might beat us some day and we don't know when that's going to happen,'' Carroll said. ''That was that time - the night we faced him.''
For the first time since Young scampered 9 yards for a touchdown in the closing seconds to give Texas a 41-38 victory, Carroll and Young will be on the same field Thursday night when the Seattle Seahawks (4-7) host the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) in a prime-time matchup with nearly zero importance.
Mathematically, the playoffs are still possible...