I kicked off the 2017 season on the road with a trip down to Los Angeles to shoot my alma mater Western Michigan Broncos as they took on the USC Trojans at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The temperature was in the triple digits for most of my visit down there which made for one of the hottest games I have ever photographed. Being able to shoot a game at the Coliseum was one of those bucket list items that I have been wanting to try and do for several years and I was happy to get the opportunity to do so. It was a very cool experience. The Broncos put up a heck of a fight right up until the end, but a few big plays by USC sealed the 49-31 victory.
I made the drive down to Eugene early in the morning on a beautiful cold, crisp fall day to see the USC Trojans come in to Autzen Stadium to take on the Ducks. The teams were ranked #23 and #24 so it was sure to be a good matchup. Both teams still with an eye at the Pac-12 championship for their respective divisions. Vernon Adams stepped on the gas early and never let off going for over 400 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Trojans kept it interesting for most of the game, but just were not able to match the Ducks on this day with Oregon pulling away with a 48-28 victory over the Trojans.
It was a cold, wet and foggy afternoon in Pullman as the USC Trojans rolled into town and thumped the Cougars 44-17. The low light of the game was when WSU Quarterback Conner Halliday was knocked out of the game with a broken leg that ended his senior season. Halliday was currently the nation’s passing yardage leader. Sad to see his college career end this way. It was also the first trip back to the state of Washington for USC head coach Steve Sarkisian who left the Washington Huskies to take the job with the Trojans.