About two hours, 12 miles and a vast difference in the trajectories of a college football season separated two plays by USC and UCLA last month.
Early in the evening at the Coliseum, USC’s line paved a massive lane across Arizona State’s defensive front. Justin Davis galloped through and sliced his way into the end zone. One lineman, Chuma Edoga, marauded so far downfield that he almost tripped over Davis when the running back belly-flopped into the corner of the end zone.
When the sun dimmed shortly afterward, so had the optimism over at the Rose Bowl, where UCLA’s running game found futility against Arizona. On a second down and 16, Soso Jamabo tried a run to the right side. He was stuffed and tumbled onto the leg of right tackle Kolton Miller, who’d been a rare bright spot in UCLA’s anemic running game. Miller left the game and hasn’t played since.