Their '74 team and their Carroll-era teams were all light years better than this USC team. As depressing as the 2002-04, 2007, and 2008 losses were, USC was at the top of their game in those days.
This USC team was coming off a rout at the hands of UCLA, and they had 3 other losses (including BC) to boot. They came in unranked. Losing by 35 to an unranked opponent is a low point for this program.