A disappointing season ended in the worst way possible for the USC Trojans on Monday afternoon, when they were upset by 21-7 by Georgia Tech in this year's Sun Bowl.
After finishing the regular season at just 6-7 overall the Yellow Jackets needed an NCAA waiver just to play in the postseason, but showed proved they belonged against the Trojans. Georgia Tech quarterbacks Tevin Washington and Vad Lee each passed for one touchdown while Washington added another score with his feet.
On the opposite side, USC never really got going offensively without quarterback Matt Barkley, who was out with a shoulder injury. They finished the afternoon with just 205 yards of total offense, including a meager 107 yards through the air from Barkley's back-up Max Wittek.
More importantly, Monday proved to be a disastrous ending to one of the most disappointing seasons in recent school history for USC.
The Trojans started the year ranked No. 1 in many preseason polls, but a lack of depth and struggles on defense hindered them all season long. The Trojans lost their No. 1 ranking after a loss to Stanford on September 15 and never recovered from there. They lost four of their last five regular season games, with their sole victory in that stretch coming November 10 against Arizona State.
Now the Trojans will head into an uncertain off-season, with the departure of quarterback Matt Barkley and several other seniors on the roster.
USC's 7-6 record is their worst mark since a 6-6 campaign in 2001.