The University of Southern California has come out swinging after the Bears beat the Crimson Tide, 38-27 on Saturday night.
In a tweet, USC athletics director Steve Patterson called the Crimson’s 38-7 victory “one of the most competitive football games ever played.”
It was a rivalry of sorts.
But I’m sure you can see how it’s a bit of a football game.
— Steve Patterson (@USC_AD) October 20, 2021It was the second straight game that the Bears have beat USC, and the first game to come out of a “national championship game” in which USC had won the national championship the year before.
The Bears had won three straight in the series.
The Bears have not played since the 2011 season.
Their only win in the regular season came in a 27-17 victory over Notre Dame in which Notre Dame quarterback Kevin Hogan had a career-high 48 passing yards and three touchdowns.
The Crimson lost quarterback Trevor Knight and cornerback Chris White to injury in the first half of the game.
USC had quarterback Treon Harris and linebacker Jalen Ramsey injured in the game and were limited to only seven total players on the field.
The game saw plenty of playmakers, including Alabama’s Corey Davis, the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver.
Davis had seven catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama.
Harris also had seven receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown.
The USC defense, led by defensive end Myles Garrett, held the Crimson to just 21 yards rushing.
The Tide was led by linebacker K.J. Wright, who had five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
Safety Jamal Adams had a pair of interceptions.