RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll never lost much when he was at Southern Cal. And on those rare occasions when the Trojans lost, they were competitive.
In his first 110 games at USC, Carroll never suffered a loss by more than 11 points.
But on Halloween night 2009, in the 111th game of Carroll’s tenure, the Trojans were handed a 27-point beating by Chip Kelly and Oregon. If not for USC’s equally eye-popping blowout loss to Stanford later that season, that loss to Kelly would have been Carroll’s worst setback as a collegiate coach.