Allen had his wrists taped with the "Coach" scribbled in pen.
"We did it for Coach O," he said.
Orgeron was not ill or anything; in fact, he had not even been fired. He walked out on USC after not being named head coach, long-term. Orgeron went 6-2 after Lane Kiffin was fired and galvanized the team with a huge November win over Stanford.
See what kind of 10-win year this was?
How USC mustered inspiration out of all this is the reason you can't trust anyone under 21, especially football players.
Las Vegas oddsmakers had USC as only a six-point favorite.
The Trojans were supposed to be disinterested and Fresno State was supposed to have something to prove.
It was the exact opposite. The Trojans were so electrified they could have powered three casinos on the Las Vegas strip.
Fresno State could never match USC's athletic skill set, but the Bulldogs figured to have a motivational advantage. Wrong.
USC players had every excuse to start Christmas break early. They started the season with Kiffin as coach and ended it playing for coach No. 3 as coach No. 4, Steve Sarkisian, watched from the press box.
The players hardly seemed in a frame of mind to play football.
Yet, the Trojans came, played and conquered.
They danced around Sam Boyd Stadium like they were playing UCLA for a BCS bowl berth.
USC players call it "all hands on deck."
The Trojans came out aggressively with Helton promising to "fire every bullet that we had."
USC scored on its first possession and then thought it had recovered an onside kick only to have it negated by penalty.
That led to Fresno State's only first-half score.
USC countered with a series of big strikes.
Cody Kessler, with Fresno State defender Kyrie Wilson in his face, hit Nelson Agholor for a 40-yard touchdown.