With Cal trailing USC 28-2 midway through the second quarter, the Bears needed to try something unusual to get back in the game.
Sonny Dykes called a fake punt on fourth and 12, looking to set up a screen to one of the gunners. This is a good play design, in theory. What makes it really odd, though, is the way the punter looks like he's marching before he weakly delivers the pass. He doesn't get any juice on the throw and it lands at the feet of the receiver.
The turnover set USC up with good field position, allowing them to add a field goal and extend their lead to 31-2.
- Dan Gartland