Former USC players react to Seahawks’ Super Bowl play-call at finish

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll watches as players react following Malcolm Butler's interception of a pass by Russell Wilson.
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Former USC players were quick to react to the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks, and the Seahawks’ disastrous decision to pass the ball instead of giving it to running back Marshawn Lynch in the final seconds.

Malcolm Butler of the Patriots intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass at the goal line with 20 seconds left to preserve the 28-24 victory.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, who was criticized for not having Reggie Bush on the field for a critical fourth-and-two play in the 2006 Bowl Championship Series title game, and the Seahawks staff will be second-guessed for not giving the ball to Lynch.

Many former Trojans took to Twitter after the interception.

Former defensive back Tony Burnett: “No Reggie. No Marshawn. Might haunt Pete forever.”

Former running back Stafon Johnson: “One time out 2nd down and you throw it wit Marshawn behind u smh u deserve to lose lol… “

Former quarterback Matt Barkley: “You seriously don’t hand the ball to #Beastmode??”

Former center Khaled Holmes: “Easily the worst play call I’ve ever seen.”

Former receiver Keary Colbert: “I feel the same as when I watched the Rose Bowl 2006. SICK!!!!!”

Former running back Marc Tyler: “Terrible play call u have the best RB on the 1 yard line and u throw the ball sickening smh wow”