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2006 USC News
The rivalry with the UCLA is unique in they are the only Division I-A programs in major conferences that share a major city, with the two schools located approximately 10 miles apart. The crosstown rivals play each year for city bragging rights and the Victory Bell, and often the right to go to the Rose Bowl. UCLA is often the focus of student supporters since many USC students have friends or family members attending "that other school" (of course, many UCLA students refer to their USC friends in the same way) and many Southern California families are evenly divided between Trojan Cardinal and Bruin Blue. Still, the fan base, in general, tends to emphasize the Notre Dame rivalry over the UCLA rivalry. A common saying among USC supporters bears this out: "There’s nothing better than beating Notre Dame and nothing worse than losing to UCLA." Additionally, a "Perfect Day" (a phrase created by the school's football announcer Peter Arbogast) to any USC fan is a USC win, coupled with losses by ND, and UCLA. The last regular season "Perfect Day" occurred on Oct. 23, 2004, when USC beat Washington, UCLA lost to Arizona State, and ND lost to Boston College. However, during the post-season of 2004, USC won the Orange Bowl (and Nat. Title), UCLA lost the Las Vegas Bowl, and ND lost the Insight Bowl. This also occurred during the post-season of 2006 when USC beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl, UCLA lost to Florida State in the Emrald Bowl, and Notre Dame lost to LSU in the Sugar Bowl. On December 2, 2006 then-BCS number two USC was defeated by rival UCLA — in the Rose Bowl, the Bruins' regular-season home — ending the Trojan's chase for a national championship.
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