In a loss to Oregon on Nov. 3, USC had the worst defensive game in the history of a school that began playing football in the 19th century, giving up a school record-worst 62 points, 730 yards and nine touchdowns. A week earlier, USC yielded 613 yards in a 39-36 loss to Arizona.
UCLA then embarrassed its crosstown rivals with 513 yards of offense during a 38-28 victory on Nov. 17 — including Johnathan Franklin's 171 yards rushing, the Bruins' most in the rivalry game in a quarter-century.
Lane Kiffin stood behind his father's work this season, but always in the context of the entire coaching staff's responsibility for the Trojans' poor season. Although Ed Orgeron holds the title of defensive coordinator at USC, Monte Kiffin ran the unit and devised its schemes while Orgeron focused on the defensive line and his work as the Trojans' recruiting coordinator.
The Trojans haven't yet learned their destination for their first bowl game since 2009, following a two-year postseason ban under NCAA sanctions.
Monte Kiffin has 47 years of coaching experience, including three years at North Carolina State's head coach in the early 1980s. The Nebraska native and former Cornhuskers lineman won a Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay in 2002.