By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
When you enter the Los Angeles Coliseum through the locker room tunnel the wall is lined with giant sized action pictures of historic USC All-Americans. Some include Lynn Swann, Rodney Peete, Frank Gifford Willie McGiniest and Anthony Davis just to name a few. They are the tradition, the foundation and immortals the off the field celebs of Los Angeles and Hollywood.
With all do respect I have been to the Coliseum several times to watch Trojan games and on this day an outsider from crosstown became the celebrity for the Day. None of the greats on the wall could help USC on this day.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson and his band of Bruins took over the joint. They passed, ran and bullied their way to a 62-33 win over USC in front of a season high crowd of 68,163. That was the largest margin of victory by the visitors since 1953 of 34-0.
It was the first Bruin win at the Coliseum since 2013 and just the third since 1997. The 62 points were the most scored by either team in the series. That was also the highest by any PAC-12 team this season.
He’s in LA so we will stick with DTR throughout this article. He began the day 0 for 4 with two interceptions.
Then with a little help from his friends he got hot. He connected with Kazmir Allen for touchdown passes of 45 and 58 yards in the first half. He also hit Kyle Phillips with a 23 yarder.
The senior QB then got in the act by scoring on a four-yard scamper. After going through the endzone a youngster about 12 years old reached a t to him and DTR promptly signed it and returned it to him, that of course drew a 15 yarder from the officials. No worry he’s DTR.
“It was one of those things juices flowing,” said DTR. “Just in the moment and that’s the move I decide do in that situation.”
The score gave the Bruins (7-3, 5-3 PAC-12 ) a 28-17 lead at the half. After the slow start DTR would be hotter than July completing 16 of 18 of his final passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns. While helping his team roll up a season high 609 yards he had a hand in 395 yards and six touchdowns.
“I’ve said it since the beginning,” said Chip Kelly. “He’s a special kid. He’s as tough as they come both physically both mentally.
Britain Brown was absent due to an injured. That left running duties up to Michigan transfer Zach Charbonnet who stepped up magnificently rushing for 167 yards on 28 carries.
Kaz Allen had a spectacular 100-yard kick-off return to go with three catches for 117 yards giving him 217 all-purpose yards for the game. His kick -off return helps solidify the Bruins number one ranking in the PAC-12.
Jaxon Dart had a rough day for the going 27 of 37 for 325 yards with two interceptions. A couple of times he brought the Trojans (4-6, 3-5 PAC-12) within striking distance but the defense could stop the Bruins all day.
“I look at the result I feel like I missed a lot,” said Dart. “I wasn’t able to do enough to help us win.”
With the All-American Drake London watching on the side- line. Gary Bryant had 9 catches for 169 yards while Tajh Washington added 4 receptions for 37 yards.
BRUIN NOTES: After his performance DTR was named PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Week. The BRUINS finish regular season. season with CAL at the ROSE BOWL Saturday. The TROJANS host BYU at the Coliseum. They then then travel to CAL to wind up the season.