After USC took care of UCLA, I remember being surprised how uninspiring Mark Sanchez's numbers were - 18-of-33 for 269 yards, two scores and an interception.
The numbers weren't bad, but Sanchez had been better. Still, I thought he played just great in a tough situation.
It was hard to put into words how he seemed to react to the news that Steve Sarkisian was leaving to Washington. He looked like someone on the verge of a sleepless night. He was clearly losing more than just a coach.
Still, he gathered his thoughts and led USC to a big win at the Rose Bowl.
Pete Carroll is always preaching competition. It was so cool to see his reaction when I brought up the fact that his players would play paper, rock, scissors on the defensive line during practices and games.
It was the manifestation of his "Always Compete" mantra, as his players were finding ways to go at it in between plays.
Plus, as a fan of the game of rock, paper, scissors, it was cool to hear who used what strategies.
And, at least four different players claimed to be the best at it.